Love is at the core of a Christian marriage, but more than that, it is commitment that truly makes it work. Commitment not just to your spouse, but to Christ Himself. If marriage to you is nothing but a legal document, you’re 100% mistaken wrong. To make it successful, you should make it a point to remain in Christ as that is the only route to a fruitful life as a couple.
Here are a few Bible verses that teach us about the workings of a godly marriage:
Bury the mistakes of the past.
It is said in Luke 6:37, we must not criticize other people lest we be criticized; instead, we should forgive them so that we too will be granted forgiveness.
Neglect the world for the sake of each other.
There is nothing to benefit from gaining the whole world, says Mark 8:36, if it makes us lose our soul as a result.
Do not go to sleep without making up after an argument.
According to Ephesians 4:26, we should never allow anger to take control over us and drive us to sin, and that any problems with our spouse must be solved before we retire.
At least once a day, say something nice to your spouse.
Proverbs 15:4 encourages us to be always gentle with our words and to avoid those that are deceitful and crushing to the spirit.
Do not meet without a warm and loving welcome.
To directly quote Song of Solomon 1:2, “Kiss me again and again, your love is sweeter than wine.”
Cherish each second that God has given you together, “for richer or for poorer.”
As you may be able to attest yourself, Proverbs 15:17 says that we would rather have a bowl of soup with a person we love than steak with a person we hate.
When deciding between making yourself or your mate look good, pick your mate.
Proverbs 3:27 tells us that if we have the capacity to good to someone who deserves it, we should never think twice.
Your mate will eventually cause you pain for as long as he or she is alive.
You should learn to forgive. In Luke 17:3,4, Christ wants us to rebuke our spouse when they hurt us and to forgive them when they repent. No matter how many times this happens, every time they ask for our forgiveness, we should give it.
Don’t use God, His Word, or your beliefs as a hammer.
It is clearly stated in John 3:17 that God’s purpose for sending His Son was not to condemn the world, but rather to save it.
It should be crystal by now how Christ wants us to treat our spouse and our marriage. We have to get rid of those ifs or buts.