Today’s Scripture: That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. Ephesians 5:27-30

We regard the Christian marriage as an indissoluble union, which requires the life-long loyalty of the man and woman towards each other. – Moravian Covenant for Christian living.

Unfortunately, there are many disturbing statistics about the state of marriage inside the church. According to one author’s research, born-again Christians are just as likely to get divorced as the secular world.

While I’m a little skeptical about the survey, unfortunately I wouldn’t be shocked if it were true. I do believe that Christian couples should take figures like those in the study as a wake-up call. As the author states, “Just being born again is no rabbit’s foot.”

It is common for husbands and wives to take their marriage for granted simply because they are involved in the church. They operate under the mistaken pretense that being a Christian will keep a marriage together. This is far from true.

A healthy marriage takes continual maintenance-the little things that keep the spark of romance burning brightly in each mate’s heart. As believers, we know very well the Scripture’s admonitions about the evils of divorce and the sin of immorality. And many Christians take these commands very seriously. However, we often neglect to address the tiny cracks that cause a gradual erosion in a once-wonderful relationship.

When we hear reports like this,we’ll be tempted to point the finger at the crumbling marriages around us. Instead, let’s use these disturbing statistics to reinforce our love for our mates. Each Christian couple should look inward and re-commit to the man or woman God has so richly placed in our lives. Let us promise never to take our marriage for granted.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.