How to Appreciate an Imperfect Spouse

How to Appreciate an Imperfect Spouse

Even if I have never met you, I know one thing that is true about you and your spouse: you are both married to an imperfect mate.

I also know another truth about you: the Bible calls you to still respect and appreciate your very imperfect spouse. This is true whether you are a husband (1 Peter 3:7) or a wife (Eph. 5:33).

How do we do this, in a practical sense? How can we honestly and sincerely respect and appreciate someone who is so imperfect?

Some people compare to their mates to perfection. Well, there was only one perfect person who ever walked this earth, and he never got married. When we embrace the biblical truth that every spouse stumbles in many ways, when your spouse acts up, realize that they are acting normally. This means that, instead of focusing on the occasional disappointment, we can be grateful for the positive acts of love. By accepting the negative as inevitable, you are able to appreciate and showcase the positive evidences of God’s grace.

We’re All in This Together: Every one of us is married to an imperfect spouse. We confront different trials, different temptations, and different struggles—but each one of us faces the same reality: living as imperfect people, in an imperfect world, with an imperfect spouse. Learning to love, appreciate, and to be thankful for that imperfect spouse is one of the most soul-transforming things you can do. It’s not an easy journey, but it’s a profitable one, and I urge you to remain committed to it today.

Prayer of Agreement: 
Dear Lord, please help me keep my mouth shut that I might not say anything hurtful to my spouse today. Help keep me out of all the drama that goes around. I want to be a help in my relationship not a hurt….keep me out of harm’s way. Thank you dear lord.


Devotion today is By Gary Thomas


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