Fighting the Battle Together

Sometimes it feels like life is a battlefield. We’re all fighting different wars, but as a Christian, I believe the wars waging against us are strong. We are constantly fighting attacks from the idols that can so quickly take over our lives—whether it’s status, money, approval or a myriad of other temptations.

I’m new to this marriage thing, but I have realized that marriage can be one of the best defenses for these attacks. A man on his own will surely crumble, but two fighting side by side can hold their ground.

Unfortunately, I have observed many married couples who have turned on each other. Instead of supporting one another, they’ve lost their way. They are like the Phillistine soldiers in 1 Samuel, who, in confusion, started attacking one another, letting Saul and the Israellites win. It’s as if the devil has sounded his own trumpet, using God’s best tactic for his own good.

I have a co-worker who has never said a single bad thing about her husband. Even when the rest of us are joking about things our husbands have done or said, she never participates. Because she knows how easy it is to cross the battle line. One quick joke or undercutting remark and before you know it, you’re on the other side.

I told her how much I respect her for that, and have made it my goal to emulate her. Unfortunately I have a lot to learn when it comes to this area, but I hope to have many years in which to practice.

We have enough to fight against without throwing our spouse into the mix.

So let’s stop the insults, the eye rolls, the nagging. Let’s support our husbands (or wives) through prayer, encouragement, and compliments. Let’s raise our sword and our shields and let our partner know that we have their back in this thing called life.

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Although my thoughts on this topic have been related to marriage, the concept stretches into the community at large as well. Let’s support our brothers and sisters, friends and neighbors. The battle is raging and we can’t afford to leave anyone behind!

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