FIGHTING FOR YOUR MARRIAGE MEANS
BEING THE KIND OF PARTNER YOUR SPOUSE WOULD WANT TO BE MARRIED TO…
…IN TIMES OF C___________________.
Do all that YOU can to live in peace with everyone… ROMANS 12:18 (NLT)
…IN THE WAY YOU T___________________ THEM.
Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony. COLOSSIANS 3: 12-14 (NLT)
…IN THE WAY YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN N__________________ — BODY, SOUL, SPIRIT.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. MATTHEW 6:33 (NLT)
Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come. 1 TIMOTHY 4:8 (NLT)
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself. 1 CORINTHIANS 6:19 (NLT)
Remove grief and anger from your heart and put away pain from your body, because childhood and the prime of life are fleeting. ECCLESIASTES 11:10 (NAS)
Married people: How did you and your spouse meet?
Single people: Do you hope to marry one day? If so, what kind of person do you want to marry?
- Colossians 3:12-15 has a lot of practical advice about how we as Christ-followers should treat each other – especially for married couples. Reflect on this verse and answer the following question. How much of this verse are you living out toward your spouse?
- Tim talked about how Fighting for your marriage means being the kind of partner your spouse would want to be married to in times of conflict. What do you and your spouse argue about most often? How well or poorly are you able to deal with conflict?
- If over 60% of conflict in marriage never goes away, then what biblical principles can guide you through dealing with conflict in a healthy and God-honoring way?
- Romans 12:18 shares an important principle that can be very powerful when applied to marriage: “If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.” How can this verse apply to your marriage and any of the problems that you are currently experiencing?
- Read Ephesians 5:33. Why does God command husbands to “love” and wives to “respect?” Men: What does it mean for a man to “love” his wife? Women: What does it mean for a “wife” to respect her husband?
- MARRIED COUPLES: What do you need to think or do differently in your marriage relationship? SINGLES: If you hope to be married in the future, what action steps do you need to take now to prepare for your future marriage?