Welcome to our study on marriage relationships and how they can be improved by knowledge of the Scriptures and obedience to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
A good portion of spiritual wisdom is contained in my post entitled: Live Peaceably With All. When we think of living peaceably with people, we may exclude our family members from consideration—especially our spouse!
Our goal should be to live peaceably with our spouse whether he/she is a Christian or not! The Bible gives us many verses to meditate upon concerning peace. Here are only a few: Psalm 4:8; 29:11; 34:14; 37:17; 85:8; 85:10; John 14:27; 16:33; Romans 1:7.
Our Savior is called the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6; Judges 6:24), and He lives within each one of us. We can learn to tap into His wellspring of peace, by training our ears to listen to the advice of the Holy Spirit. We may also meditate on Bible passages concerning peace, and ask the Holy Spirit to show us how to moderate our behavior so that we may live obediently to God’s Word, and peaceably with all men.
The Holy Spirit will lead us into ALL truth (John 16:13; Eph 4:15), including: (1) the truth for a husband on how to love his wife and to learn what makes her happy, and (2) the truth for a wife on how to honor and respect her husband! Here are the Bible verses for you to study: Men: Eph 5:25; Col 3:19; 1 Pet 3:7 – and – Women: Eph 5:22; Col 3:18; 1 Pet. 3:1, 5.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21 NKJV) If you feel that your spouse has done something hurtful or said something painful to you, overcome that with good. Repay them with love, kindness, and forgiveness knowing that God will take pleasure in your obedience to Him. He will reward you.
Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. (Rom 14:19 NKJV) We’re encouraged to pursue the things which contribute to peace.
Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation . . . (2 Cor 5:18) Jesus was the chief Reconciler. (2 Cor 5:19) The Lord has given to us the ministry of reconciliation. The Lord desires that we lay aside our own hostility; antagonism; and ill will against another person just as He forgave each and every one of us of ALL of our sin! Forgive your spouse, and move ahead.
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Gal. 6:2) When spouses show their love by bearing one another’s burdens, that loving affection will become a very powerful glue that holds the relationship together and deepens it.
I pray that these thoughts will assist you and your spouse to draw closer, and to grow in love and respect. Be blessed!