June 3, 2022
Your marriage may be going swimmingly at first — at least, until you discover that your spouse does not believe in God. It could be that they’ve never been a Christian, or it could be that they’ve lost their faith in recent years. Whatever the case may be, if your spouse doesn’t believe, there will be issues. If your values begin to go in different directions, this can cause serious turbulence in your marriage.
Being a believer in God is a fundamental part of you, so when your spouse is not a Christian, this can lead to many issues. However, while it may seem like an insurmountable challenge, God’s teachings can help you adjust to this.
It may seem tempting to dwell on the problems emerging in your marriage, but that’s exactly what will cause cracks in the foundation of your union. Instead, shift your focus to our Savior. You need to understand that God is your primary ally in all of this, and following Him will naturally result in good things. This will remind your spouse that your spiritual growth is a necessary part of your life.
While you shift your focus to Jesus, don’t forget to show that you’ll love your spouse no matter what. Assure them that conflicting faith won’t affect your love for them. They will realize that your love for God allows you to live His teachings, which include devotion to them no matter what happens.
If your spouse makes sarcastic remarks about your faith or dismisses your beliefs, it might be tempting to retaliate and prove them wrong. However, it’s always better to take the high road and live by godly principles. When your spouse is not a Christian, you simply need to be forgiving, have humility, and show kindness; your spouse will realize that you’re a better person thanks to God.
Praying for your spouse and their salvation is one of the most loving things you can do for them. This can be hard to do sometimes, especially when the two of you are having problems, but God can and will work in their lives. Remember, the prayer of a righteous person avails much (James 5:16).
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