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Last week I wrote about fighting fair in marriage. It may not have been an encouraging series to read, but I hope it was useful. However, this week, I wanted to be a bit more upbeat about marriage, so I’m discussing key verses to memorize and meditate on. These are not all marriage-centered verses, but all can be helpful to have a godly, Christ-centered marriage. They are listed in the order they appear in the Bible, not in any order of importance (because ALL of God’s Word is important!).
Genesis 2: 21 – 25 – This passage talks about the unity we need in marriage, and that marriage was God’s idea. It is a good foundational passage to be familiar with.
Ruth 1: 16 – 17 – Ruth said these words to Naomi, but they have been used for centuries in declaring the commitment of a husband and wife.
Psalm 127: 1 – 5 – Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain. A great passage to meditate on as we remember who is the true foundation of the godly home.
I Corinthians 13:4 – 8, 13 – These verses from the famous love chapter detail what love does and does not do. This is not a marriage passage but is a great passage after which to model your marriage.
Galatians 5:22 – 23 – The fruit of the Spirit – what marriage doesn’t need more of that!?
Ephesians 5: 21 – 22, 25, 28, 31 – 33 – The entire passage, verses 21 – 33, is best to memorize and meditate on. But to make it a more feasible size for memorizing, I’ve cut out a few portions. Feel free to add them back in and tackle the entire passage. This is probably the most frequently referenced passage when discussing marriage.
1 Peter 3:1 – 7 – This passage highlights the importance of a gentle and quiet spirit; a good goal to have when considering improving your marriage.
2 Peter 1: 5 – 8 – Again, not a marriage passage, but an encouragement to develop godly characteristics. A godly woman makes a better wife.
This is just a taste of the riches of the Word in relation to marriage. There are several more passages I could have included but chose not to because I want you to seriously consider memorizing, meditating on, and discussing these passages. They will help you to be a better spouse and a better person.
I have created a PDF file with these passages for printing. If you print them 4 to a page, they will come out just the right size for using as reminder cards carried with you or taped to the bathroom mirror. If you print them full-size, then you can tape them on a refrigerator or beside your computer screen to remind you of the passage you’re currently working to memorize. If you want the PDF, just click here.