The Bible is the only tool that can shape your marriage into a Godly marriage. What is a Godly marriage? It’s simply portraying Christ’s love in your marriage. When we do this, everything else seems to fall in place. Respect, love, forgiveness, trust, faithfulness and enjoyment are the foundations of a Godly marriage. As we go over these foundations, I encourage you to write these verses down and apply them daily.
LOVE – This is a no brainier. Every relationship needs love. 1 Corinthians 13:4:7 tells us that love cares. Love never gives up. Love does not gloat. Love always trusts in. Love is not rude or selfish. Love is loyal. Love does not keep a record of wrong doing. Love never loses hope. Love never quits. God tells us to love each other deeply. (1 Peter 4:8) Because love will cause people to forgive each other. Which brings me to the next foundation, forgiveness.
Forgiveness– In Luke 6:37, it tells us to not to judge one another but forgive instead, because not one of us is without flaw. (Jn 8:7) Just as God is quick to forgive us, Ephesians 4:32 tells us that we should also be quick to forgive each other.
Trust – A marriage without trust is like a house without a foundation. Your feet constantly sink into the dirt until you find yourself knee deep in distress and despair. You have to be trustworthy in order to receive trust. And truth and trust go hand in hand. (1 Cor. 4:2) Trust brings security and safety into the relationship. Proverbs 31:11-12 says, “A heart of her husband trusts in her. And she never causes him trouble.”
Faithfulness – “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” – 1 Cor 4:2
God said that nothing and no one should split apart what He has joined together. (Mark 10:9) Meaning no one, not even the husband or the wife, have the right to be unfaithful and separate a marriage. Marriage should be kept honorable and the bed undefiled.(Hebrews 13:4)
Enjoyment – This is just as important as the others. Have Fun! Do things with you spouse that make you laugh and make you feel like a kid again. Ecclesiastes 9:9 says we should enjoy our life with our spouse for our life is short and it is the only life we have. Enjoy your time with each other. Enjoy communication with one another. Enjoy your sex life. Enjoy your kids. Enjoy your home. Enjoy every moment, because tomorrow is not guaranteed.
What foundation do you and your spouse need to build back up again? How will you reflect the characteristics of love into your marriage?