The Gift of Hope in Marriage
By Dave Pipitone
Hope in a Christian marriage is a key gift and virtue to shape a friendship that will last. Every married couple who follows Christ has been given three precious gifts - three strands of life. The first gift is faith. The second strand is hope.
Every marriage relationship has sunny and stormy times. Hope is the gift that provides courage and strength to endure a difficult present and anticipate a better tomorrow. Hope is the anticipation, the expectation of things not seen, will become visible and a better tomorrow is coming.
Hope is based on faith and confidence that God in Christ will bring about new life. Hope waters the bare earth, anticipating the planted bulb will grow into a flower. Hope endures the passing winter and unexpected events that threaten peace and security. What happens when a Spring snowstorm covers growing tulips and the temperature plummets? Will the tulips survive? Hope holds on when tough times come.
It is an act of hope to imagine what it would be like to have a Christian marriage relationship that lasts a lifetime. As mentioned earlier, in the United States, marriages have a failure rate of over 50%. You can use the virtue of hope to live out your commitment to your fiancé by drawing power from God to strengthen your relationship.
In the third chapter of his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul writes, "Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us..."
God has the power to bring about the vision of a lasting marriage of love, joy and happiness. The hope of every Christian relationship is that Jesus is risen and is present as your third partner in your marriage. .