Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 12:22 PM

We have a picture on our wall with the “Ten Commandments for Marriage” which are based on Scripture and can serve as 10 essential ingredients for a healthy marriage. (Click on the title to read them.)

  1. Do not place others before one another.
    That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife. (Genesis 2:24a)
  2. Let nothing on earth become more important than your marriage.
    Seek God first [in your marriage]and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)
  3. Speak to one another with kindness and love.
    Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a ruling rightly given… (Proverbs 25:11)
  4. Remember to worship together.
    Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God… (Psalm 95:6-7a)
  5. Love and accept one another’s family.
    Your people will be my people…
    (Ruth 1:16c)
  6. Do not harm one another with words, attitudes, or actions.
    Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:31-32)
  7. Be faithful to one another.
    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23) …the two shall become one flesh (Genesis 2:24b)
  8. Never take joy from one another.
    And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (Colossians 3:14)
  9. Always speak the truth in love.
    [The Lord will] show you what is right and true, that you may [always speak in integrity]... (Proverbs 22:21, NASB)
  10. Do not desire or be envious of what others may have.
    …I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. (Philippians 4:11)

I don’t always take time to look at these, but when I do, I see where I’ve kept the commandments and where I haven’t. I hope they serve as a guide for you and your spouse. Refer to them often and intentionally put them into practice, and you will see the fruits of your efforts.

Note: All scripture verses are from the New International Version (NIV), unless otherwise noted.

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