In times of hardship and turmoil, a lot of people turn to the Bible for advice and encouragement. One common issue people experience is problems within their marriage. Two people who commit to spending their lives together are bound to face challenges and have disagreements, as no two people are exactly alike. These troubled marriage Bible verses are all excellent resources for couples to rely on and study to strengthen and improve their relationship.
15 Perfect Bible Verses for A Struggling Marriage
“To the married, I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.”
– 1 Corinthians 7:10-11
Marriage is a lifelong commitment. When you marry someone, you are agreeing to stay by their side through the bad and the good. If you can maintain this in your marriage, you are sure to live a happy life together.
“So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
– Matthew 19:6
There’s nothing like the bond between a husband in a wife. If both of them can be humble and vulnerable with each other and keep God at the center of their marriage, they will be able to build an unbreakable bond and an incomparable love.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
– Ephesians 4:32
We cannot expect to be forgiven for all of our mistakes in this lifetime if we aren’t willing to also forgive others for their mistakes. We should always strive to be Christ-like, and to do that, we must be full of grace and mercy.
“Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.”
– 1 Peter 3:7
While husbands feel love through respect and submission, wives feel love through tenderness and consideration. We need to remember to show our spouse love in the way they will most enjoy, not what we ourselves prefer.
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
– Colossians 3:13
Forgiveness is not only for the person you are forgiving but for yourself as well. It is not good for your mind, body, or soul to hang onto anger and resentment. Forgiveness will free you.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
– Proverbs 3:5-6
If we can submit ourselves to God, and allow His plan to unfold and take control of our lives, we are going to experience love and joy that we wouldn’t otherwise. This applies to our relationships as well!
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“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 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. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
– 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is always a positive, uplifting, and powerful thing. To love someone is to care for them in an unselfish, unconditional way. And to be loved is to feel joy and warmth unlike any other.
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
– Proverbs 15:1
When we speak with our spouses, whether in agreeance with them or opposing, we should speak using kind words, patience, and without anger. Respect and love will produce a much more effective conversation.
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
– Matthew 18:20
In a marriage and a family, we are gathered together. Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father are always with us in our relationships, we just need to learn to recognize them, and allow them to make their presence known.
“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.”
– Ephesians 4:26-27
Anger is the emotion that encourages us to sin, make poor choices, damage relationships, and do things we will regret. Anger is of the devil. We must do our best to keep anger out of our relationships, as it will cause resentment and stress in a marriage.
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”
– James 1:19-20
If we can take this advice from the Book of James, we are going to have healthy, long lasting relationships in all areas of our lives, especially our marriages. By keeping anger out, and showing our respect by listening and responding, we are going to build trust and love in our marriages that will create joy and a lifelong bond.
“He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.”
– Proverbs 18:22
If a man can treat a woman the way God has advised in the scriptures, he is sure to experience a happy, healthy marriage that is going to bring him a lifetime of love and joy. Mankind is not meant to be alone, we are much happier when we have someone to love and be loved by.
“The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
– Proverbs 12:18
In our marriage, as well as any relationship in our lives, we should always be cautious of the words we use. Words can cause a lasting pain that we cannot take back once spoken.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
– Philippians 2:3-4
In our marriages especially, it’s important that we make an effort to serve each other. If you pour your heart into serving your partner above yourself, and they do the same for you, both of you will always feel loved and all your needs will be met.
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God because God is love.”
– 1 John 4:7-8
God’s love for us is the greatest love we will ever get the chance to experience. It’s true, unconditional love filled with mercy and grace. We should always strive to duplicate this love for our children and our spouses.
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Final Thoughts On These Troubled Marriage Bible Verses
These verses emphasize the importance of forgiveness, love, communication, and seeking God’s guidance when facing challenges in a marriage and family. They offer hope and encouragement for those going through difficult times in their relationships. We hope you enjoyed these quotes from the Bible as much as we did. Be sure to share them with friends and family who might enjoy them! Comment your favorite Bible verses below.