Our romanticized culture has led many Christian women to believe that they need to find their one true “soul mate” who will make them happy for the rest of their life, with little hard work on their part. Not true!
I don’t see this concept anywhere in the Bible. In fact, the Bible makes it clear that we are supposed to be more concerned with loving others than finding someone who makes us happy. Philippians 2:3-4 says “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility, consider others better than yourself. Each of you should look not only to his own interests, but also to the interest of others.”
Sorry to burst your bubble, but I believe it’s important for you to realize the following ideas about marriage are actually myths:
- Your husband is supposed to be your source of happiness. (Actually, God is the only one who can provide perfect love, security and comfort)
- Happy couples never have conflict. (If you never disagree on anything, one or both of you is likely burying the issue and allowing resentment to grow)
- If you find the “right” guy, a wonderful marriage will just happen. (Actually, a good marriage takes planning, effort, self-sacrifice, intentional nurturing, prayer, perseverance, and a whole lot of grace toward your spouse!)
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