This is part 2 of my previous post here entitled “Blessings From A to Z That Will Strengthen Your Marriage.”
Bless your marriage by making these daily affirmations, or include them in your prayers.
Humility and Hope
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” – Phil 2:3-4 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
Integrity and Intimacy
“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely…” “Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan many not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” ~ Proverbs 10:9; 1 Corinthians 7:5
I believe that intimacy is very much linked with integrity. In order for two people to really be intimate with each other, they must be honest and have strong moral principles and moral uprightness. It is not right also for either spouse to withhold themselves or deprive one another of intimacy and sex, unless as the bible says by agreement for a specified time period and for a specific reason.
“May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.” – Proverbs 5:18
At the heart and foundation of every marriage or intimate relationships between two persons should be a spirit of joy and laughter. It is the responsibility of both spouse to find creative ways to make each other happy and to stay that way for life.
“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” ~ Proverbs 31:26
Both spouses are expected to show kindness to each other at all times, regardless of what the circumstances may be. It is even wiser for the wife to let every word that she speaks to her husband flow with kindness and wisdom, and as such, she is considered to be among the virtuous women.
“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. Love never fails…” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other.” ~ 1 Thes. 3:12
The bible is filled with many scriptures on love, but not as poignant and demonstrative of what true love is as this one found in 1 Corinthians. It is all inclusive and helps to guide us all in life, whether in marriage or not.
“They are no longer two but one flesh. What God has joined together, let no man separate.” ~ Matthew 19:6
God ordained marriages and join couples together in the area of their soul and spirit so that they become one. And only He can separate them on the condition as outlined in His word.
Protection and Peace
“The Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.” ~ 2 Thes 3:3 “May there be peace within your walls.” ~ Psalm 122:7
We can trust and depend upon God to provide protection from our adversary the devil since we are really no match for him. The prayer and the blessing is that throughout the duration of your marriage life, peace will be within your heart and home.
“And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, and who are called according to his purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28
It is best to place your confidence and hope in God that no matter what you both go through in life in your marriage, it will work out in your favor and God will be glorified. There is a purpose to your marriage.
“Let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” ~ Ephesians 5:33
It is very important to have respect for each other and to avoid the situations that would cause you to lose it. It is very difficult to regain respect for your spouse once it is lost.
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
A lot of problems in marriages can be so easily avoided when one can exercise self-control.
“As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” ~ Joshua 24:15
Like Joshua, every husband need to take the lead in ensuring that his spouse and children serve the Lord and avail themselves to be of service to others.
“The Lord gives strength to hi people; the Lord blesses his people.” ~ Psalm 29:11
Always remember that your strength comes from the Lord. In times of weakness, rest assured that you can rely on Him to strengthen you.
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” ~ Ephesians 5:21
It does not matter what your job title or your position you may hold in life it is an honor to God when you both yield and submit to one another out of love and respect for Christ.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” ~ 1 Thess 5:18
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” ~ 1 John 4:18 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” ~ Proverbs 3: 5-6
Herein is the confidence that God will not fail you and your spouse and you can trust Him for guidance and direction.
“Husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way…” 1 Peter 3:7
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” ~ Proverbs 31:10
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
It is my sincere prayer that you have been blessed by this article and that you and your spouse will apply them daily whether through prayer or as daily confessions.
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