Let me begin by reminding you that your husband is NOT your enemy! You and your husband are a team and you should view each other as so. The enemy and the opposition can be found on the front lines of the Spiritual War. In my quiet time today I read a few verses I wanted to share with you that encouraged me to resist the enemy and sin.
“…sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” – Genesis 4:7b
“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” – 1 Peter 5:8-10
The unity that marriage creates does not always feel like unity. Tension, bitterness, anger, contempt, and frustration can cause a chasm between you and your spouse, disrupting the feeling of unity that God intended to be in marriage. However, just because a couple may not feel close does not mean they are on opposing sides. We need to remember that the enemy is not our spouse, but he is the one who seeks to destroy what you and your spouse have, your relationship. When you are tempted, when sin is crouching at your door, stand firm in your faith! Wives, don’t let the enemy master your life! Also know that you are not alone in your suffering, the above verse reminds us that others all around the world are enduring life just as you or I. Here is one more encouraging verse that I absolutely love:
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:6-7