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Accountability Partners in Marriage
Isolation is not healthy! Married men and women understand the importance of fellowship with one another but how great an opportunity it will be for Husbands and Wives to have godly accountability partners that hold their Marriages to a higher standard. Married couples should have at least TWO strong couples in their lives with which they can share, uplift and extend the richness of their lives with.
“As Iron sharpens Iron Sharpens, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend” ~ Proverbs 27:17 (NKJV)
Positive qualities of other Married couples rub off on you in Marriage and this is detrimental to the growth and success of the Marriage that God created for you as Husband and Wife. We understand that no two Marriages are the same, but the ability to surround yourself with other Husbands & Wives who can hold you both accountable is a great asset to your Marriage. “Love is Patient, Love is Kind”
Being a couple that exudes the strength and power of God can rub off on other couples and allow them to see and feel the glow of God in and through your Marriage. They may need an ear to listen or a shoulder to lean on and these relationships can be beneficial for increased, love, rich godliness and accountability in and through your Married lives. The Joy that you share as Husband and Wife can rub off on many couples and bring an increased respect to your individual Married love because you are helping another Married couple in the process. Marriage Is Selfless.
Many couples are going through uphill battles, seperate crucible experiences or even areas in their marriages where they are being battle-tested. The Love that you share as Husband and Wife can be the light of Hope that can bring them back to the peace and patience that was initially created in the love languages that were created in the beginning of their Married Love. Relationships are important and orchestrated by God. Relationships are not forced nor are they an opportunity to brag or boast or tear-down one another in marriage. These strategic god-aligned moments are opportunities to grow together, encourage one another, enrich and train other Husbands & Wives that Marriage works, and it takes Work!
Friends are an intricate part of fellowship and growth in marriage. In marriage, friendships with other godly husbands and wives is not by happen-stance or forced. These relationships are orchestrated by prayer and godly surrender. Trust God, when seeking these types of relationships because only He knows who is a viable resource to the growth and purpose that you share as Husband & Wife. The work does not stop there, once God answers your prayers and brings these godly friendships into your lives, you must continue to cover their relationships and marriage in prayer always. Be reminded there are so many outward sources that want to sabotage godly friendships and true healthy, peaceful fellowship. Take the time to declare and decree any negative influences be removed early on through prayer and trust that God knows what you both need from those relationships as Husband and Wife. Always remember that God will not allow any person(s) into your lives or Marriage that are detrimental to His glory. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness, in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12 NAS)
Surround yourself around people who appreciate who you are as Husband and Wife and respect the growth that your Married Love represents. Marriage is an adventure and who better to share it with than godly friends. Our character is built by our closest and most influential relationships and we are fortunate if these are orchestrated by God. Make yourselves available to grow the possibilities of these type of people by making sure your family has a church home and are plugged-in to a home that God can work clearly to make these relationships work. These opportunities are encouraged as they extend and make it possible for you to meet people you need in your marriage growth.
“Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another.” (Hebrews 10:24, 25) We pray that you will meet the friends and accountability partners in and through your Marriage that will make you a better Husband and Wife. If you have the BEST friends in LIFE and God has blessed you with great accountability partners, pray for those who are still searching. We need one another to make our Marriages work and to build the Team Marriage movement. Marriage Matters. It matters to you it matters to us, and most importantly it was an idea designed from the mind of God.
Wishing you continued Love, Life and Intimacy! -iCleave Ministries