[Love] always protects. --1 Corinthians 13:7 NIV
Remove anything that is hindering your relationship, any addiction or influence that's stealing your affections and turning your heart away from your spouse.
What did you throw out first? Are there others that need to go as well? What do you hope the removal of these things will do for you, your marriage, and your relationship with God?
The chapter says that our relationship is truly like a battlefield in that we have to constantly protect it from attackers. The attackers are broken down like this:
Harmful influences- internet, television, work... it all boils down to time and connection.
Unhealthy relationships- basically other people who draw you emotionally away from the marriage.
Shame- you have to protect your partners vulnerability by never speaking negatively about them in public.
Parasites- addictions like gambling, drugs, or pornography
Today was a pretty easy day for me because I've already removed our biggest threats. The biggest one was my job. It took everything I had to give, so there was nothing left for my family. It's not the only harmful influence that I have removed. I'm not going to talk about all of them because, well I'm saving it for another day coming very soon- Day 26 to be exact.
I know that more of these attackers will become apparent as time goes by, so I'm going to be praying that I will recognize them and have the strength to fight them off.