Scripture 1: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, is not self-seeking, is not easily angered, and 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."
Note: This scripture reminds us of the core characteristics of love. In a marriage, these traits are even more essential. Remembering these aspects under challenging times and striving to embody them is crucial. For example, it may be challenging to be patient and kind when tensions run high or to keep no record of wrongs when grievances pile up. But the conscious commitment to these principles will bring you closer and deepen your understanding of each other. Love perseveres - and so can your marriage.
Scripture 2: Ephesians 4:32 "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."
Note: Forgiveness is a powerful tool for healing and reconciliation. It's not about forgetting the past but choosing to move forward. In marriage, misunderstandings, arguments, and mistakes are inevitable. The key is to be ready to forgive and continue showing kindness and compassion, just as God has forgiven us. A humble and forgiving heart can pave the way for a stronger, healthier relationship.
Scripture 3: Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 "Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: If either falls, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up."
Note: Marriage isn't just a union; it's a partnership. This scripture beautifully encapsulates the concept of companionship and support in times of struggle. The trials you're experiencing are complex, but remember, you're not alone in this. You have each other. When one stumbles, the other is there to help. Lean on each other, work together, and let your bond and shared commitment lift you through the challenges. Your marriage can be a source of strength, even in the most challenging times.