Marriage is trying at times. When things start to get tough, where do you turn for guidance and direction?
Seeking counsel from the Bible with your spouse is a great way to fortify your relationship with God and with each other. Turning to the Bible for inspiration will soldify your conviction and faith in the divine love that drove the two of you to get married in the first place.
For the good, the bad and the ugly times, these 27 Bible verses will help strengthen you and your spouse throughout all phases of your marriage.
For the days you need strength
"For with God nothing shall be impossible." - Luke 1:37
"The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace." - Exodus 14:14
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." - Romans 8:28
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." - Phillippians 4:13
"From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I." - Psalms 61:2
"Be not afraid, only believe" - Mark 5:36
"Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares The Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11
A reminder to serve and forgive one another
"Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do."
1 Thessalonians 5:11
"Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven." - Luke 6:37
"And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins" - 1 Peter 4:8
"And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you." - Ephesians 4:32
"Be completely humble and gentle; Be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace." - Ephesians 4:2-3
A reminder to find a bigger perspective
"He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names." - Psalms 147: 4
"For I reckon that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us" - Romans 8: 18
"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil. Rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things." - 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." - 2 Timothy 1:7
"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory ... " - 2 Corinthians 4:17
"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." - 1 Corinthians 10:13
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." - John 14:27
A reminder to love unconditionally
" ... But I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go ... " - Song of Solomon 3:4
"What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." - Mark 10: 9
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love." - 1 John 4:18
"Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the day of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun." - Ecclesiastes 9: 9