When you got married you made vows that said, more or less, that you were committed to your partner for better or worse, in sickness and in health, but what does the Bible say about marriage and how can you use that to save your marriage?

Some people would view different books in the Bible as being outmoded and many scholars who study the Bible would say that the decrees and laws in the Old Testament were more to do with the peoples and the times of that day. But there are some concepts that still apply today and offer valuable insights and wisdom when you know how to apply them.

One example I would like to illustrate – God commanded that when a couple join together as one that nothing should separate them, but Jesus expanded on that by making an allowance for divorce in certain circumstances. As much as we would like to believe that we can be perfect, we cannot be and there are times such as in abusive relationships that it makes no sense to stay and try to change the abusive spouse.

It is better to get out and get out alive and well, than to stay and be committed to the relationship.

These days divorce seems to be on the increase and the numbers of re-marriages are also increasing. Perhaps what needs to happen is for couples to take their time and make sure that the person they want to marry is the right one for them and that they understand what is involved in making a successful marriage work. They also need to be ready and willing to put in the required effort and have the necessary skills to communicate effectively.

All of those things are covered in the Bible when you look at texts advising speaking that which is good into someone’s life and watching carefully what you do say, once something is said it cannot be un-said. It also speaks of treating each other with kindness and appreciation, and forgiving each other when one or the other has caused offence. I suspect that is where the saying, “Don’t let the sun go down on your anger,” comes from and it is very wise to keep short accounts of “wrong-doing.” Don’t hold anything against anyone and you will live an amazingly free life and your relationships will flourish!

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