Marriage was designed and established by God. So if we want a thriving marriage, I believe it is vital to acknowledge the spiritual side of it! There are many ways to invest into your relationship with your spouse, but today I want to focus on 7 ways to invest spiritually.
1. Submit To God.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. – James 4:7
Whether you are making a decision for your family or are confronted with some intense marital issues, submit to God. Fear Him. Bring your plans, worries, cares and more before Him. Share with God your heart and ask for Him to lead you. Yield to God in every aspect of your life and marriage. God should remain as your first priority, always.
2. Study Scripture Together.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
God’s word is a manual for life. Go to it to gain wisdom, to hear from God, to learn His great ways and how to apply them. Talk to each other about scripture and help each other answer any questions either of you may have. Also, pray scripture over each other and experience even more closeness with God being at the center of it all!
3. Pray Together.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. – Romans 12:12
My husband and I pray together every day. Remaining committed to praying together keeps your hearts softened towards each other and God. As you draw near to God you will inevitably grow closer to each other. Pray for one another as well, for the struggles you face as individuals.
4. Attend Church As A Family.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. – Hebrews 10:24-25
Having community is an important part of the Christian faith. We are one body in Christ and we should glean wisdom, comfort, and encouragement from one another. Whether you attend corporate worship or have regular fellowship with friends, be sure you are admonishing, caring for, and staying connected to the body of Christ.
5. Edify Each Other.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. – Ephesians 4:29
Speak kindly with love. Affirm each other. Share words of encouragement and show your appreciation for each other. This may not sound very spiritual, but it is! As you edify you also love and respect each other which is a Biblical command for husbands and wives! Do it daily!
6. Have Accountability.
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:1-2
Be each other’s accountability, but also build trusting relationships with others and give them permission to ask you how you are doing. Having accountability will help keep you on the path of righteousness. Be transparent about what you are going through and be open to getting help for the issues that rise up often.
7. Give Generously.
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ – Acts 20:35
My husband has taught me how to be generous. Caring for other people’s needs, being a resource and a blessing, showing compassion and having a heart of giving will bless you with an incredible peace, a holy peace. Jesus himself was a promoter of generosity as He gave Himself up for us. Let Him and His incredible love motivate us to give audaciously whether we give our time, our money, our energy or anything.
These are specific ways that my husband and I invest into our marriage in a spiritual way. I have seen great maturity grow in both of our hearts as we diligently strive in these areas. I also notice we draw closest to God in these moments and we experience encounters of extraordinary.
– Jennifer Smith Unveilediwfe.com