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There are so many things we place value on today. Our gorgeous homes, our fast cars, our lengthy lists of accomplishments. And, while these things are truly valuable - in one sense or another - God calls us to treasure our relationships above all else. First, we should place our worth in our relationship with Him. And, then in our relationship with our spouse. This is why I choose on a daily basis not to take my spouse or my marriage for granted. Several key Scriptures for strong marriages show us how to prioritize these relationships—and create a true love story of our own.
Over the past 17 years, I’ve learned to hold strong to a few Biblical concepts that have helped me grow deeper in my relationship with my husband. For instance, I’ve learned that togetherness is way more important than being right or having the last word. And, I’ve learned to cherish the good times - even the little things like our dinner-time conversations, sweet embraces, movie nights and small, fun outings. And, while there have definitely been moments of disrespect and hurt feelings, at the end of the day, and every morning I wake, I choose my husband all over again. And that, my friends, is a true love story - one that is based on the strong foundation of God’s Word and one that will stand the test of time.
Here are a few more concepts and key Bible verses about relationships that have helped me build a solid foundation for my marriage:
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)
I recently told a couple friends of ours that one thing I’m so much better at now than those first years is forgiveness. I haven’t gotten it all figured out but it just gets easier. Find it in your heart to forgive because He forgave for all that we’ve done.
Find and Keep Joy
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2-3 (NIV)
All but two years of our marriage have survived on only one income. Our raising three children and my having a strong desire to be at home meant my husband working long hours and our family having to say “no” to many things. But we have each other. We have a healthy family. Joy can be found even during the difficult times if you search for joy in each other.
Rely on One Another
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
My husband is my best friend. He’s the first one I turn to when I need advice or encouragement. I truly believe with all my heart that being each other’s closest companion has allowed our relationship to build a trust that is unequivocal.
Pray and Trust Together
Therefore confess your sins to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16 (NIV)
Sharing my pain points and failures with my husband allows him to encourage me with God’s Word. When we share our inadequacies with our spouse, they can lift us up in prayer. This is the most important part of our marriage journey together. Making God your number one allows you to freely love and serve your spouse even through the tough times.
Pursuing God’s will for my marriage has been a journey. And, although I don’t always take the right path, studying His Word has certainly helped me base my marriage on a solid foundation. Where are you in your journey? Do you find it hard to forgive your spouse? Are you relying on each other? Is there something that is separating you from the marriage that God intended for you to have? If so, I invite you to study the Scriptures above and to ask God to guide you in your steps as you learn to grow in both your relationship with Christ Jesus and your spouse.
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Therefore encourage one another
and build each other up as you are already doing.
1 Thess 5:11 CSB