Keeping God in Your Marriage


By Dr. Bruce Riley, LMFT

I don’t like to hear about couples where one or both of them fall away from God some time after saying “I do”. “What happened?” others may ask. There are many reasons including being distracted by the ‘cares of this life’. I have a few suggestions on how God can be and remain #1 in your life.

Ask your spouse to pray for you. I often tell couples, “It is hard to be mad at the person you are praying for”. Praying for each other is essentially asking God to take control of your marriage.

Attend worship together. Being in the House of God, worshipping, praying, singing, and hearing the Word of God allows the Spirit of God to mold your love through His love.

Sit together and pray together while worshipping. Enjoy and experience the presence of God together. You can’t help but grow in fellowship with God and each other.

Serve in obedience to the scriptures. It doesn’t help to share with each other what the Word of God says that you should do when facing personal challenges.

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” – 1 Peter 4:8

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:12

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” – Ephesians 4:2-3

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