Two weeks ago, we gave some tips from the Bible to help strengthen our marriages. As we said, “The tips for loving are the tips for living, which are contained within the Bible.” You can’t get a much better marriage manual than God’s Word! This week we’d like to expand upon this concept.
• The first tip we’d like to give this week is to begin the marriage with God. Right from the start, the Bible says, “In the beginning God…“ He is to be the strengthening force in the “cord of three strands“ —which is talked about in Ecclesiastes 4. Seriously consider the promises you are making in the marriage covenant relationship you are entering into. Marriage is for grown ups and so don’t marry if you can’t approach marriage by giving it your all.
• Be strong in your stand to be promise keepers, not promise breakers. Proverbs 20:25 says, “It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows.“ As the commentary in the Life Application Study Bible says: (more…)
“We used to be so in love. Life was full of passion and romance. Now he acts like he doesn’t care. It seems like ages since we made love. Our marriage is in trouble if we don’t breathe some new life into it soon!”
Passion and romance are strange phenomena. They are strong compulsions and hard to control. This is one area that has always perplexed me about God’s creation. Why didn’t He create us with the ability to sustain passion for just one person all of our lives?
The truth is that all marriages go through ups and downs. For many, the down times are quite low and can last a long time. (more…)
– Cindy Wright – June 25, 2015
I’ve been reading a book I picked up at a thrift store titled, Holiness in Hidden Places, written by Joni Eareckson Tada, and I’m really enjoying it (sadly, it’s no longer being published). There is one chapter in particular, that really caught my attention, in being something we should all realize, after we’ve committed to marry someone.
In this chapter titled, “First Things First” Joni tells of a press conference she held in Poland. She was asked the question, by one of the reporters, “What’s the most important thing you do?” (more…)