Disney movies and chick flicks have a lot to say about love, but what is marriage really like? Contrary to what you may have heard, it’s not love that sustains the promise, it’s the promise that sustains the love.

Marriage is first and foremost a commitment, not a shiny Valentine or a starlit night. Love based on feelings alone won’t go the distance. Marriage is always hard in places. Bad things happen, dreams fall through. Sometimes you’ll say something you didn’t mean when you’re tired or hungry. Sometimes you’ll break her trust, or he’ll break your heart.

When you and your spouse are committed to God first, and then to each other, he’ll work in you to bring you closer and closer together.

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updated September 2019

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