If you are honest, there are times when your marriage knot is getting a little loose and you are struggling in your relationship. At least that is what I have heard from most married people I know.
Do you find this to be true?
Sometimes you might be tempted to be discontented in your marriage.
We live in a culture where divorce is happening at an alarming rate. I don’t want you to become part of that statistic but instead to work on your marriage for as long as it takes.
In my case, we struggled from the beginning of our marriage. We were young and headstrong and a product of our pasts. Not that our pasts were bad but because we had situations that contributed to our sin-nature.
My husband had practically been raised in boarding schools on the mission field. In many ways that made it hard on our marriage.
Add to that, ME!
I don’t know what my excuse should be! I didn’t come from a wonderful family. Basically, I was a sinner saved by grace.
BUT . . . grace is seldom something we give ourselves.
God gives grace but as women, we are critical to ourselves and have difficulty accepting that Jesus really did forgive us!
So, we muddle through our marriage (I really can’t speak for the guys!)
During the years that I was going through major difficulties in my marriage, the advice our society would have given was to get divorced.
When you can’t stand your marriage any longer, the answer is RARELY to end it!
I thought the problem was my husband!
He thought the problem was me! (It probably was!)
I am thankful that God gave both of us the faithful examples of our parents who stayed married for keeps!
My parents have been married 74 years!!
When our culture’s answer for a struggling marriage is divorce, it would seem the way out.
How wrong that would have been!
I am thankful that we stayed married through the years until we saw our relationship improving.
During the years when our relationship was the most strained, I went to the Lord when life was difficult
I would cry and cry with my Bible open and praying until my heart found the peace that passes all understanding.
If you have similar struggles as I did, you might find comfort in these Bible verses.
5 Bible Verses to Make the Marriage Knot Tighter
With all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:2-3
Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. 1 Peter 3:1-2
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 1 Corinthians 12:4-5
Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12
Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate. Mark 10:9
If you have found these Bible verses helpful and encouraging, I’d love for you to let me know!!