Marriage is hard.
Two imperfect people who tend to think they know it all.
It can get ugly.
But it doesn't have to be that way. Marriage is a beautiful picture of how God loves the church.
When times get tough, the best thing isn't to run to your best friend or the internet to spill your frustrations. While having a listening ear and support system is key, first, we should turn to the One who created marriage in the first place.
20 Encouraging Scriptures for Your Marriage
1 Peter 4:8
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.
submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
1 John 4:7-8
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.
An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.
1 Corinthians 7:3
The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband.
2 Samuel 22:17 and 29
“He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters.
For you are my lamp, O Lord, and my God lightens my darkness.
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.