In a good marriage, the husband and wife need to be committed and intentional in their efforts to love each other well. Today I’m sharing 9 Bible verses for a happy marriage. There’s so much wisdom for marriage in the Word of God!
After years of marriage I’ve realized one thing is true. Marriage isn’t easy. Thankfully, we have a God who gave us an instruction manual for how to live a good life and these principles can be applied to our marriages as well.
9 Bible Verses for a Happy Marriage
1. John 15:13 – “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Laying down your life doesn’t have to mean physically dying. Jesus did that for us on the cross. He laid down His own life for you and me – the Ultimate Sacrifice!
In marriage, laying down your life for your spouse might look a little different. It’s really about how you sacrifice for those you love.
Most of us sacrifice a great deal for our families. We sacrifice our time and money so that our children can have a nice home and nice things. Sometimes sacrifice is painful or difficult. Sometimes we simply do what we need to do regardless of how we feel just because we need to.
Sacrificial love is a beautiful thing!
I saw this New York Life Commerical last week and loved the message about Agape Love and Sacrifice:
2. Proverbs 15:18 – “A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.”
A happy marriage definitely requires patience! Getting irritated by the slightest thing, snapping at your husband when you’re tired, or making an issue out of something that doesn’t really matter in the scheme of things isn’t loving.
The interesting thing about living with another person is just how much the little things can get under your skin. And the real test of your character is not how you deal with the happy moments but how you deal with the hard moments.
Do you extend grace and mercy? Are you patient? Have you learned to take a moment and pause when you feel upset? It’s often pride and selfishness that lead to hot tempers.
If you or your spouse are struggling with anger or rage on a regular basis, you may want to seek counseling and get help. If you want a happy marriage, pride is going to take a back seat to love.
3. Proverbs 13:10 – “Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.”
Pride and self importance is often at the root of disagreements. When you feel self important, you are more likely to feel indignant at the slightest infraction of behavior which can lead to anger. Pride can make you arrogant, selfish, and superior.
- Is your way the “right way”?
- Can you admit you were wrong?
- Does pride keep you from working as a team?
- Do you hate it when your spouse questions your reasoning?
Pride also keeps men and women from admitting they are wrong. Don’t let pride get in the way of a happy marriage.
4. Proverbs 25:24 – “Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.”
The Bible is full of such practical advice and this one is a gem! No one loves to be around someone who is quarrelsome.
A great quote I recently came across is:
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It’s so important to learn to communicate well. Learn to listen instead of just hear.
Everything shouldn’t be an argument. Don’t spend all your time complaining. Try instead to focus on the positive and practice gratitude! You’ll be happier and so will your family!
5. Ephesians 5:33 – “However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”
Marriage takes two people who are committed to loving each other well. The Bible tells us that husbands should love their wives and that wives should respect their husbands.
Let me tell you this: Love and respect are not mutually exclusive.
- A husband who loves his wife will treat her with respect.
- A wife who respects her husband will treat him with love.
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6. Ecclesiastes 4:9 – “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?”
In a happy marriage, there are times when one gives more than the other. We hold each other up. We offer support through the bad times and rejoice together during the good.
Good marriages take work and if you want to stay friends with your spouse, you’ll need to take time on a regular basis to have fun together, laugh, and enjoy each other.
You don’t have to love all the same movies or enjoy all of the same activities but it’s a good idea to take an interest in something your spouse enjoys or find a way to spend time together doing an activity you both enjoy.
That way, when you do experience times of hardship you have a good relationship to carry you through.
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7. Ecclesiastes 4:12 – “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
The imagery of a marriage being like three strands shows us how individual strands are weak and easily broken, but when your marriage is intertwined with God’s love it is strong.
The Bible tells us in Genesis 2:24 that when a man and woman marry they become one flesh. Remember that you will each make mistakes, but when you make God the center of your relationship, you’ll have a strong marriage.
8. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 – “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 in it’s purest form is always patient and kind. In fact, this verse pretty much sums up what it means to truly love someone.
A happy marriage will have two people who are patient with each other – because you’re imperfect and you’ll both make mistakes. Patience is such a sweet gift!
9. Ephesians 4:2-3 – “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Life is hard.
I’m not even kidding. Life can be so hard. And if you haven’t experienced enough hardship yet to believe me when I say that, you are very blessed.
A happy marriage requires determination to work through the hardship of life, bearing grief, sickness, and more together in love.
You will need humility to get through. So much of sacrificial love requires you to be humble. It’s the humble act of service and sacrifice that demonstrates a deep and abiding love.
Action Steps to Take Today
- Download my free printable Bible Verses for a Happy Marriage below.
- Hang the Bible Promises somewhere in your house where you will see them each day.
- Meditate on the passages of Scripture and ask God to show you how to apply them to your own marriage.
- Use the prayer journal page to write out prayers and ask God to bless your marriage.
- You can also write down ways you can better love your spouse.
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