Satan wants to keep you isolated from other Christians so you don’t encourage one another. But fellowship can strengthen your marriage.
“Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25).
The Bible says that one man sharpens another (Proverbs 27:17) and that Christians are meant to encourage one another’s faith (Romans 1:12). To encourage one other, we need fellowship. And we also need fellowship and encouragement to keep our marriages strong.
It’s a good chance that other couples in your church have already dealt with (or are dealing with) the marriage problem you might now be encountering. They can empathize with you, pray for you and offer advice as you and your spouse work to grow in your relationship with each other and God.
If you’re not facing any marriage difficulties at this point, you can be Jesus with skin on to a couple seeking support. If you’re the example of a marriage that’s survived and thrived because of Christ, it will stir up gratefulness in your hearts for what God has done in and through your marriage. Fellowship is a win-win!
Charles Spurgeon once preached about how Satan likes Christians to be isolated. “Satan always hates Christian fellowship; it is his policy to keep Christians apart,” Spurgeon said. “Anything which can divide saints from one another he delights in. He attaches far more importance to godly intercourse than we do. Since union is strength, he does his best to promote separation…”
Spurgeon also noted that “Sheep go in flocks, and so do God’s people.”
“Jesus, help us to be part of your flock, seeking support and providing it when needed. Show us how we can encourage one another in our marriages and lives and build authentic fellowship with other Christians.”
Today’s marriage devotional question
How is Christian fellowship or the lack of it affecting our marriage today?
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