Biblical Keys To A Successful Marriage

We do not always acknowledge it but the Bible speaks frequently on the subject of marriage and family. Let’s listen in as the Bible makes some key points on this important subject:

Commitment
“Haven’t you read, ” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh . So, they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Matthew 19:6)

Love and Understanding
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.(Corinthians 13:4-13)

Open, Honest Communication
 “Therefore, each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,  and do not give the devil a foothold.  Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 1 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another.”  (Ephesians 4:25-32)

Grow Together
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.  Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.  However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself and the wife must respect her husband. (Ephesians 5:21-33)

Written by Wayne Grant, M.D.