I‘m going to share with you a couple of little known ways to improve your marriage from a passage of scripture that isn’t even speaking about marriage. The apostle Paul is actually talking about being ready for the judgement.
I know what you’re thinking, wait, what? Judgement? Right. You see one of the primary ways that we can improve our marriage, is by making sure that we are right with God first. After that everything else has a way of falling into place.
In I Thessalonians chapter 5, Paul sums up his letter with an exhortation to be judgement ready and he shares this:
See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
Now in the context of Paul’s letter you may be wondering how this applies to marriage… but how many times have we let little things get out of hand that started with a little jab, but it escalated because we just couldn’t let something go?
Paul’s admonition is to follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. How much more important is this when we consider our loved ones?
Paul further admonishes us to rejoice evermore, this doesn’t mean after we’ve evened the score. It means after we’ve not rendered evil.
You see instead of being happy that you got even, you should rejoice that you maintained the victory and didn’t let something petty escalate into something more serious.
Pray Without Ceasing
One of the biggest lies the devil will ever tell you is that praying is hard, or burdensome. This isn’t true. No more so than for a child to come running into a room, sit on their fathers lap and begin telling him all about their day… even if they are interrupting everyone else.
Spending time in prayer is much the same way. It doesn’t mean you never do anything else, but like that child you have liberty to share it with your heavenly Father.
You don’t have to wait until bed time or some other scripted time to pray. You can and should make spending time, and talking with the Lord a regular part of your day.
Giving Thanks in Everything
When I hear people talk about giving thanks, they always seem to conjure up visions of those less fortunate. For example of your leg hurts, they’ll tell you to be thankful for having legs etc.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
I would encourage you to look on the brighter side though. We often take things to the Lord in prayer, but do we thank God for those things we’ve asked for? I don’t mean after we’ve received them? I mean in faith before it’s happened!
If you’ve prayed and asked God for a better marriage, then begin to thank God for a great marriage. Rejoice in a great marriage. And continue to take it to the Lord in prayer.
You might even thank the Lord for these little known ways to improve your marriage.