The way I treat my wife says a lot about my relationship with God. Far fetched? Let me use a little of the King James vernacular here in response: I trow not.
I John 4:20 teaches us that if we cannot love those that we see, then how can we say that we love God whom we cannot see. In I Peter 3:7, the scriptures tell us that if a man does not dwell with his wife according to knowledge that his prayers will be hindered. I believe this is so because if we are not able to love on a horizontal level, then there is an obvious disconnect on that vertical level with God.
People that love God love others, especially their wives. This is also evident in I John 4:7 when John says, “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.”
In our day, we seem to want a little more wiggle room. We would like to be able to blame our lack of love on our stress, childhood, or the way our wife is receiving us. However, the scriptures do not supply us such escape hatches. If we love God, we will love our wives.
Maybe in 2018 the goal should not be a better marriage, but a better relationship with God. It could be that if solve this issue, all others will be positively affected!