5 Bible Verses Every Couple Should Read Together
I truly believe that prayer in marriage makes a significant difference. The more my hubby and I pray together, the more patience we have with each other, the less conflicts we seem to have, and the more centered our home is overall. It allows us to bring the presence of God in and to take charge. It is a great habit to build if you are newly married. I only wish that we had started these healthy habits earlier on, but it is never too late to create healthy habits as a couple.
Prayer, however, should not be where it ends. Taking time to read the word of God together is also a great way to connect, not just spiritually but even as a couple. The time you spend praying and reading your bible together is simply more time you have with one another.
22 He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.
The bible repeats over and over the value of being a good wife. There is a saying that i have seen altered more and more over the years, understandably so, but even in it’s original form there is so much power in the words, behind every great man, there is a great woman.
I believe it should be even greater woman. In communities of poverty they say that if a woman has a business or just enough resources to get herself together she is strengthening a whole community. We are resourceful, and have the ability to impact everyone in our homes for the better and when we choose to put God first and to uplift our husbands, we are working hand in hand with God to build greatness. Our ability to birth does not start and end with our children. There is a reason we hear the value of a great wife repeated so often in the bible.
6 Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?
7 The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.
There is a saying that anyone who grew up in the church knows…it trickles from the head down. The leadership in your home will impact everyone in that home, which is why it is so important, as husband and wife to submit your marriage, home, and family to God. I believe that the favor that has always been on my life is there because of how much my mother prayed for me. She prayed and prayed often for us, often waking in the night and praying for us.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word
We often speak about the responsibility God has given to wives. To submit and to create great homes and so much that we read over and over again, I believe than a man has a greater and harder responsibility according to this passage. If you have the time to read everything from Ephesians 5:22 and on with your spouse or alone, I would do it.
To love your wife as Christ loves the church, the sacrifice and implications that come with that are just so heavy! How Christ loves us, how he patiently works us into what he knows we can be…does this even register with you?
22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
Probably one of the most infamous verses when it comes to the definition of a wife. The idea of being submissive as a woman is so frowned upon in large due to the misinterpretation of what it means to be submissive. I believe that the submission referred to in Ephesians is the same submission we bring to our relationship with Christ. The ability to recognize his love, patience, and altogether grit and passion to fight for us.
It is a hard passage to live by, one I struggle with often because of things i have experience directly and indirectly when it comes to the relationships that have influenced me. Submission takes trust and faith, something that can only come from God. When there are so many who carry the pain of past relationships it is hard to trust enough to be submissive. Rebuilding trust whether lost before your marriage or during takes forgiveness, this only comes from building a strong relationship with God and strengthening your faith through prayer and reading the word.
6 “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’
7 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,
8 and the two will become one flesh.’So they are no longer two, but one flesh.
9 therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
This is one of the simplest definitions of marriage and I love it so much. You become one. Understanding what this truly means in marriage is so important. My hubby always says if we spent more time in our marriages focusing on what makes the other person rather than what makes us happy there would be less problems in marriages.
This matters because if you truly see your partner as a part of you, an extension of who you are, it is easier to think about what makes him/her happy, because doing so will make you happy as well. It is challenging, something I struggle with often. That is where spending time praying with your spouse and reading the word as often comes into play.