Marriage Devotional Day 23- All for One and One for All

I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.  John 17:20-23

So how’s it going this week, this month, as you invest in your marriage? What are the struggles, the wins? What are you learning about working through disagreements? Do you feel like you are moving towards more oneness in your marriage?
After spending time yesterday listing things that you can do to build each other up, I pray that your belief that your spouse is for you is increasing and is ready for a challenging question. What do you think your marriage is known for? From the perspective of your neighbors? From the perspective of your kids? From the perspective of your friends?
Read John 17:20-23. Jesus is praying to God and sharing His heart for not only our marriages but for our whole life. He is praying that Christ followers will be known for their oneness and their unity with each other. I believe that a practical step in dealing with disagreements in our marriage is to fight for unity in our marriages. Unity and becoming one involves us letting go of what we individually want so that we can become stronger together. Unity is intentionally and aggressively fighting for ways to agree with your spouse and then to live it out. In a world that says watch out for yourself, unity is a powerful, visible illustration of what life-giving freedom can be unleashed when you give up your individual rights to live out the power of the marriage relationship. When you and your spouse fight to become one, you will find yourselves more effective in impacting the people around you.

For her: How can you fight for unity with your husband?

For him: How can you fight for unity with your wife?

For us: What do we want our marriage to be known for and what do we need to do to make a step in that direction?

 

Used by permission.  Cornerstone Christian Fellowship