Today’s Scripture: Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. Ephesians 5:33

On her golden wedding anniversary, a woman revealed the secret of her long and happy marriage: “On my wedding day, I decided to choose ten of my husband’s faults which, for the sake of our marriage, I would overlook,” she explained. A guest asked her to name some of the faults. “To tell the truth,” she replied, “I never did get around to listing them. But whenever my husband did something that made me hopping mad, I would say to myself, ‘Lucky for him that’s one of the ten.’”

Marriage involves a commitment to love regardless. It means staying at it through thick and thin. Christ unconditionally offered Himself for the Church, His Bride. This is the same devotion He desires for both partners in a marriage relationship.

Is your marriage at a standstill? Are you looking over or overlooking offences committed by your spouse? Avoid holding your spouse to an impossible standard. They’re a sinner, too. God is the God of the Second Chance—as His child, you ought to return the favor to your spouse. If you want your marriage to last, build it upon the Foundation of Christ and determine that you, too, will love—whatever the cost.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder