…a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.Genesis 2:24
What a beautiful picture of God’s design of marriage! Man leaves his family to be joined with the woman, his new family, and the two become one. Many problems in marriage can be traced back to this idea: they never “left” their family to become one with their spouse. Now this doesn’t mean actually leaving your family and never talking to them again, but it is the picture of leaving the authority of your family and joining your spouse. A marriage cannot truly thrive when it is under the authority of parents or in-laws. Together, the husband and wife must come together, make decisions together, share life together.
It is never too late to set boundaries in marriage. All it takes is a conversation about what types of boundaries to set and how to keep each other accountable. You can set boundaries and still have relationships with those around you.
A Prayer to Remember
Help me set boundaries in my life. May I devote myself to my spouse and those I love so I can love and care for them better and be a light for you. Amen.