The Best Truth for Improving Your Marriage

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Have you ever tried to improve something but went about it the wrong way, achieving dismal results?

Want to improve your marriage? Follow these two best truths for building the right foundation in life and marriage. #marriage #truth #truths #best #strategies #God #Christ #Christian #Bible #improve #connect #inspiration #tips

I came across a funny testimonial from someone online that illustrates the craziness of doing things the wrong way. Here’s what they said …

“I once caught a friend of mine rubbing an antibacterial hand wipe from KFC all over his fried chicken. The little packet said ‘a hint of lemon’ on it, and he thought it was meant to flavor the chicken with.”

Was this a correct and right approach to take with his chicken dinner? 

Maybe, if all he wanted to do was rid his meal of germs!

The downside? Eating it this way would have, ironically, made him sick!

People often ask me what’s the best way to improve and/or heal their marriage. 

It used to be that I would talk to them about communication techniques or the importance of truly forgiving their spouse. While those are important, right and true, they aren’t what I’ve found is the best answer or TRUTH

The best truth has two parts. First, it is placing your faith in Christ (if you haven’t already). And, second, it is growing in your faith through spiritual pursuits, doing as many as possible with your spouse.

Anything else we try to do with our lives and marriages is like slapping paint on a decaying house or building it on a crumbling foundation. 

Your house might look better with that fresh coat of paint, but in time, those pretty walls will start to buckle and cave in. But get the house on a solid foundation first and you can add a lot of other improvements in time. 

So, let’s settle the first truth at hand. Have you placed your faith in Christ? 

2 Key Steps to Placing Your Faith in Christ

1. Recognize and confess to God the TRUTH that you have sinned. 

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”  Romans 3:23

You might bristle at the idea of admitting you have sinned, especially if you’re married to someone who berates or shames you. But the truth is, we ALL have sinned. And once you own that fact, it can be so freeing! 

Not only will it break down the barrier between you and God, but it can also break down barriers between you and your spouse. 

If you’ve already received Christ, use this as a reminder of the healing power of admitting your sins to your spouse. 

It’s something my husband and I do regularly (not just in times of conflict). We take time to share one way we’ve sinned either toward each other or in some other relationship. 

Sure keeps us humble and vulnerable—true bonding agents!

2. Embrace the TRUTH that you can’t earn your salvation and trust Jesus to save you. 

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9

This one not only gets unbelievers side-tracked, but it also can side-track the average believer. 

Our sin natures make us far too rebellious, arrogant, and independent. We think we are the captain of our souls and the master of our fates. While God views this foolishness like how David put it in Psalm 59:7-8. 

Not only does this side-track the unbeliever spiritually, but it’s where this person will blow it in marriage as well. If you are trying to find acceptance from God through your own efforts, you’ll constantly feel anxious and/or too big for your own britches! 

Believers don’t really get a pass here either. If you’re operating in your own strength in your faith, you’ll end up just as anxious or arrogant as the unbeliever.  

Operating at both of these extremes—anxious insecurity or arrogant self-sufficiency—will poison your marriage relationship. Your lack of relationship with or lack of reliance on God will create disconnection in your marriage too. 

So, if you’ve settled this foundational spiritual issue—coming to faith in Christ—then how do you grow in your faith? 

This is where true marriage healing and meaningful transformation begins and thrives!

As for me, my pursuit of God has been incredibly important to the health of my marriage and connection to my spouse. Which leads me to the second truth—you need to grow your faith in order to strengthen your marriage.  

4 Tips for Growing in Your Faith

1. Pray for God to give you a desire to connect with Him and His TRUTH daily. 

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. —Jeremiah 29:12-13

If you’re not a believer, the desire will most likely not be there. However, if you’re someone who’s grown stagnate in your faith, the desire will not be as strong either. That’s why asking God to give you the desire is so important. 

You need His power to find the motivation to pursue Him more. And as you pursue God more, you’ll find a greater desire to pursue your spouse as well. Your passion for your spouse will grow because your passion for God is growing! 😉

2. Ask your spouse to join you in reading God’s word daily and embracing His TRUTHS.

This might be tough if you have a spouse who does not believe in God or is resistant to pursuing anything spiritual. If this is your situation, start out by reading on your own and sharing later in the day how it encouraged you.

Maybe even point out how it is helping you to see your contribution to a particular marriage problem. 😉

If your spouse is willing, this could be a real game-changer! You don’t even have to read the Scriptures together necessarily to gain greater unity and insight for your marriage and marriage troubles.

3. Journal your prayers to understand God’s TRUTH for your situation.

I’m a big proponent of prayer journaling versus simply journaling, though there’s value in both.

It’s just that prayer journaling invites God’s truth, power, and perspective into the effort! Otherwise, you’re relying on your own assumptions that might not be based in truth for clarity into your marriage.

Journaling is like running around the block in your slippers. Sure, you’ll get exercise, just not optimized exercise!

But you’ll run further, faster, and stay fueled up in the race of life when you immerse yourself in God’s TRUTH and power each day.

4. Pray Scripture with your spouse to anchor in God’s TRUTH daily. 

You might not be able to motivate your spouse to do this right off the bat. Simply suggest it and then pray for God to motivate your spouse to take you up on the offer in time.

In the meantime, pray a favorite verse or two over your marriage in your individual time with God. Just insert your name or personal pronoun in wherever it fits to personalize your prayer!

Then come back here to tell me how it goes!

For more on how to receive Christ’s salvation, click the following link to my Know God page. And be sure to let me know if you’ve given your life to Christ! It’s the best decision you will ever make, enabling you to be the best spouse you can be in marriage!

Recently, I did a survey through surveymonkey on “Time with God.” Since I have a free account, I’ve reached my limit for accessing more respondent’s answers. But a big thank you to all who participated!

In the coming weeks, I’m going to reveal the results and use them to create resources that can help you to improve this important area of your life and marriage. So I hope you keep coming back to check it all out!


 

What are some ways that your faith in God has improved your marriage and/or your life? 

 

What challenges are you facing in getting your spouse to join you in pursuing God more? 

 


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11 responses to “The Best Truth for Improving Your Marriage”

  1. Excellent advice, Beth! Your post reminded me of the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector (I am reading Luke right now). The Pharisee could not admit the truth that he had sinned, while the tax collector did. This arrogance leads to estrangement from God. We do the same thing in marriage – not being able to admit we have sinned.

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  2. A Christ centered marriage is a true blessing. And they make God smile.

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  3. What a great post and a powerful reminder of the need for repentance in our lives and how it positively affects our marriages. I have seen that first hand! I have carried a lot of bitterness against my husband in the past year because I felt like I carried the full burden of our infant’s son’s many night awakenings while my husband slept peaceably. But that was something we both agreed on since I was nursing, and yet I grew bitter and had a lot of self-pity. It showed through sarcastic comments and tone of voice. I have repented but it still comes out once in a while, so it is something I am still trying to ask God to search my heart and reveal other areas of bitterness or other sin.

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  4. Not long ago we had a link,
    a goal we were both moving toward,
    but lately I’ve begun to think
    we each look to a different Lord.
    I drank deep from the Garden cup,
    accept pain piercing flesh and bone,
    but you say I should give it up,
    fall into grace, and just go home,
    for the Spirit is sore grieved
    by my stubborn mulish fight,
    but I always have believed
    that giving up is just not right.
    God’s in the church to which you go;
    is He also in my Alamo?

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  5. I am learning this truth more and more. Being humble and vulnerable are true bonding agents! It goes counter to what we think, and the exterior picture we want our mate to see, but letting them see the honest us often bonds us deeper. You are right, Beth. We need the foundation before the pretty wall paper. The more my husband and I have grown spiritually, the more our marriage has grown.

    Years ago when he was going to grad school and busy and would sometimes stay home to study instead of go to church, I decided to never nag or make him feel guilty. I would just get up and go, leaving with a cheerful attitude and wish him a good day. Then return cheerful and if he asked, tell him about the sermon. It wasn’t long before he felt he was missing out on the fun and started coming regularly. My suggestion is, if we want our mate to adopt something or start something, make it fun, not a drudge. Read the bible aloud while he is exercising. Listen to the bible on tape in the car. Be creative.

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  6. the more I have pursued and leaned on the Lord, the stronger and more secure our marriage has been. it’ll be 45 years in April! as I gave up trying to get everything I needed from my husband and stopped trying to change how God created him to be, it opened up space for more love to grow.

    i’m grateful …

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  7. A little truth goes a long way in protecting our relationships (and our hearts). Communication between trusting partners is so crucial.

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  8. Love the truths in your post – they help us to keep Christ as the center of our marriages, as He should be.

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  9. Excellent advice, Beth! We have to know God before we can live in love. And without love, marriage doesn’t work very well. We shouldn’t be out looking for our ‘other half’–which implies we aren’t whole. We need to be whole FIRST, and find another whole person before we commit to marriage. God’s math is 1+1=1, not 1/2+1/2=1.

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  10. How funny that man rubbed the sanitizer on his chicken!! Yes, building your marriage on the rock makes all the difference. Thanks, Beth!

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  11. Beth, great insight here. Love all your points and the overall message to focus on truth in our marriage. I particularly like to pray Scripture to anchor myself in God’s truth. So praying it with my spouse will also help anchor our marriage in God’s truth. And it just doesn’t get any better than that!

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