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Roman Bridges

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Marriages that lack an iron‐willed determination to hang together are like Roman bridges. They appear to be secure and may indeed remain upright for many years—until they are put under heavy pressure.

 “The winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” Matthew 7:25

Are you committed to your partner for better and for worse? Another way to look at this issue was once related by the late Dr. Francis Schaeffer. He described the bridges that were built in Europe by the Romans in the first and second centuries A.D. The bridges still stand today, despite the unreinforced brick and mortar with which they were made, because they are used for nothing but foot traffic. If an eighteen‐wheel semi were driven across those historic structures, they would crumble in a cloud of dust and debris.

Marriages that lack an iron‐willed determination to hang together are like those Roman bridges. They appear to be secure and may indeed remain upright for many years—until they are put under heavy pressure. Then the supports split and the structure crumbles.

Is your marriage constructed to withstand unusual stress as well as normal wear? Take the time to install a proper foundation—the Lord Jesus Christ. Then build your relationship on habits and attitudes that will sustain it under heavy pressure.

Just between us . . .

• Has there ever been a time when our marriage seemed less than solid?

• Do we know a couple whose marriage has stayed secure under stress?

• What’s their secret? Do we see any cracks—even tiny ones—beginning to appear in our marriage? What can we do to repair them?

Father, we turn to the unshakable truths of Your Word and the unfailing promise of Your presence to hold our marriage together. Thank You that we can live and love securely—even under stress—because You are in this marriage with us. Amen.

 

From Night Light For Couples, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson

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