A short while ago, I witnessed a newly married, young couple having a conversation, that was about to develop into "intense fellowship." I immediately silently prayed for them to experience peace.
In my experience, I have found that if a newly married couple can just "hang in there" for seven years, they will experience a new beginning in the eighth.
Marriage is a covenant. In the Old Testament, a covenant involved cutting an animal into two pieces. The blood was used as a sign of agreement. In today's language, it would be called "a deal" between two.
I once facilitated a marriage seminar where I pushed the idea of the "deal." At the conclusion of the event, I asked the participants to turn to their spouse and ask this question. "Is The Deal Still On?" Marriage isn't just a covenant between two; It is a Holy covenant that involves three.
After over fifty years of marriage my wife and I still have "intense fellowship." We have to remind ourselves that the "deal" is still on because our covenant involves three.