Hope for the Unequally Yoked Marriage, Part 1

I’m happy to be guest posting several times this month to help women in unequally yoked marriages. My first guest post appears on my friend Beth Steffaniak’s wonderful site called Messy Marriage. Here’s a sneak peek:

If you are in an unequally yoked marriage, I understand the unique trials and frustrations you feel. My husband and I have been married since 2000, and I went into the marriage knowing we were unequally yoked.

Maybe that is the same situation for you, or perhaps you were saved after you were married. Maybe you are both believers, but you are on a separate spiritual plane from your spouse. No matter what your story is, God knows your heart. He wants you to thrive in your marriage now, despite the challenges and heartache you may be facing.

I have found strength, affirmation, and healing in these 12 verses. They have kept me on track in times of deep marriage struggle, even during a brief separation in 2015. My faith is stronger today because of these verses, which have kept me committed to my marriage. I pray these verses will encourage you as they have encouraged me.

12 Verses of Encouragement for the Unequally Yoked …

1. God is your perfect spouse.

The Creator is your Husband. Isaiah 54:5a NLT

The truth is, no spouse can ever meet all our needs. But in an unequally yoked marriage, you feel that tension more dramatically than in an equally yoked marriage. One of your most basic needs—spiritual intimacy—cannot be met. However, God is waiting to fill this need for you, and He will fill it perfectly. Give him the desires of your heart in prayer, and watch how he meets them through His presence, His comfort, and His peace.

2. God sees your struggle.

“Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the Lord, who had spoken to her. She said, ‘You are the God who sees me.’” Genesis 16:13 NLT

Hagar was cast off, mistreated, and neglected. Have you ever felt that way in your marriage? I certainly have. But God met Hagar in the wilderness. He did not leave her alone, nor did He leave her without provision. Hagar marveled that God saw her, valued her, and provided for her. He is doing the same for you—take hope from that truth.

3. Don’t beat yourself up.

“There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 NLT

You may struggle with guilt and shame for knowingly choosing an unequally yoked marriage. Understand, friend, that once you married your spouse, God blessed your marriage and called it sacred. Forgive yourself for any mistakes, and receive God’s free gift of grace.

To read the rest of my guest post, please hop over to Beth’s website.

Want more encouragement for your marriage? Here’s two ideas for you:

1. Read the first post in my new series, How to be a Loving Wife in a Difficult Marriage.

How to Be a Loving Wife in a Difficult Marriage

 

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