Bible verses that will help your marriage

(Reuters/Michael Buholzer)A groom puts a ring on his bride.

Pope Francis said that one of the greatest challenges in today's fast-paced world is the public's perception of marriage as nothing more than a "social reality." Given the increasing accessibility of annulment and other separation procedures over the years, it is no wonder that the sanctity of matrimony has slowly lost significance.

Marriage is a miracle, a blessing, a trial. Two people declare their love for each other and commit to a life together. However, what most couples forget is that marriage is not always going to be a bed of roses. Obstacles are an inevitable part of married life.

Strengthen your marriage with these Bible verses:

1. "Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate (Mark 10:9)."

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As the saying goes, "familiarity breeds contempt." While couples do not enter marriage with separation in mind, years of living and facing hardships together can endanger any relationship. During such circumstances, turn to the God. Let His teachings guide you and your partner through dark times. Do not let anything or anyone divide you.

2. "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)

The problem with people nowadays is that they listen to reply, not to understand. This Bible verse is a reminder to couples to be calm and selfless, especially in times of stress and struggles. Anger can make you more honest, but it can also make you malicious. Being humble, patient, and gentle with your loved one reduces chances of having hurtful confrontations.

3. "Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. ... And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken." (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

The three cords in the verse refer to a husband, his wife, and God. While being united against adversity with your spouse is a hallmark of good marriage, letting God guide you through your life together makes for a long and happy relationship.

4. "Love is patient and kind. ... Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." (Corinthians 13:4-7)

Love is not just an emotion. It's a gift willingly given, an act freely done — just like when Jesus sacrificed his life to save us sinners. Even though love comes in many forms, its foundation of selflessness and compassion remains the same. This passage is one of the most popular Bible verses recited in wedding ceremonies — and with a good reason too as it is one of the most on-point descriptions of love.

5. "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins." (1 Peter 4:8)

Love may not forget, but it always forgives. Remember that we are all sinners. There will always be times when you and your partner have shortcomings and failures. Do not let mistakes cloud your marriage. Let your love for each other overcome your sins and weaknesses.

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