The Next Year of Your Marriage Devotional

Day 7: Because God speaks to us, I promise to communicate with you.


Romans 10:14, 17 – How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? … So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.


God set the standard for communication. He has proven its necessity and demonstrated its power through the spreading of the gospel. Belief itself depends on communication. Lives are changed because truth is believed, truth is believed because it is heard, and truth is heard because it is spoken.

Even after we believe in Christ, the communication continues. God speaks to us though His Word and by the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, He invites us to communicate with Him through prayer. Our new lives in Christ depend on hearing God and being heard by Him. How lost we would be if God were ever to stop speaking or listening.

If communication matters so much in our relationship with God, how could it not also be vital to our human relationships—especially in marriage? One of the most common infections in marriage is isolation—gradually growing further and further apart from our spouse. And one of best ways to prevent isolation is to make communication a priority.

For love and understanding to grow, we must hear and be heard. To do otherwise is to close our hearts to one another and withdraw.


How can I better demonstrate my love to you through listening? How can I better demonstrate my love to you through my words?

Congratulations on completing the Next Year of Your Marriage devotional! Tomorrow we’ll send you a simple tool to help you start a habit of taking just five minutes a day to pray together.


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