It’s no secret marriage is a beautiful but hard adventure. When I first got married, I assumed there would be a magic switch that would transform us into people who loved, listened and learned well. But this wasn’t the case. In fact, it was the complete opposite.
I didn’t take into consideration the arduous work and strength it would take to venture through the landscape of love. Often we would have beautiful mountain top experiences, but then we quickly tumbled into some of the darkest valleys. Both my husband and I brought our broken baggage to the table, which contributed to the roller coaster of emotions we were experiencing. Fear. Anxiety. Anger. Shame.
Shame was the most potent and lethal weapon the enemy was using in our marriage. Since the Garden, Satan has been trying to tear men and women apart through the avenue of shame. He knows the power behind making a person hide. He knows how successful guilt is in sidetracking God’s plan.
But thankfully we have a Father who redeems and restores all the enemy tries to tear down. He’s done this in my marriage, and He’s pointed us toward what matters most—the resurrection power of the Cross. God has brought my marriage back to life, and I want to take the next few minutes to dissect shame and its effects on couple’s life.
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