“1 Corinthians 7:5 ESV Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”
Fasting has been a common practice among people for centuries. It has been associated with many religions and continues to do so. This is because people believed that there is a relation between the physical and the spiritual realms and fasting is a way to connect with this power. It is now scientifically proven that fasting has numerous health benefits. Besides, it has many benefits when it comes to a healthy marriage. Below is a discussion on how fasting is a blessing for marriage.
1. Fasting helps to keep a balanced perspective and a clear mindset
Once you remove a basic need from life, it reminds you of the things you otherwise take for granted. It helps to open your eyes to God and will remind you how fragile life is. This helps to create a similar feeling among couples and they will develop a habit of appreciating each other’s presence. It helps you be clear about the bigger picture.
2. Fasting is a lesson that teaches forgiveness and generosity
It is a great thing to be forgiven. Similarly, it is an equally good virtue to forgive. Fasting is a hardship which will remind the person of all their misdeeds and that of others. As they pass through this phase, they will certainly change in a way that they become more tolerant of others and themselves. The hardship makes them gentle towards their spouse as well as others. It reminds you of God and how almighty treats you generously even if you may not have deserved it.
3. It makes you stronger
Fasting makes you crave for food. Once you get through the process, you would have achieved the strength o push through it. You can use the experience as training for harder tests in life. Eventually, someone with inner strength and toughness built from fasting is bound to succeed. Hence, fasting couples find it easier to navigate tougher times.
Apart from being a healthy habit, fasting also helps couples maintain a clean heart and mind for a positive married life.