Numerous studies suggest that marriage education makes a huge difference in both the duration of marriage and marital happiness. It makes sense, doesn’t it? When the two of you are growing closer and refining your relational skills, it produces various winning outcomes. According to the American Journal of Family Therapy, an average couple involved in regular marriage education is able to outperform 83 % of couples who do not participate in programs such as those designed to help couples hone their communication skills.
Every marriage needs maintenance
Many couples erroneously think that relationships just work out on their own, but even couples from good family backgrounds have blind spots and need some refresher courses from time to time. Just like your car needs regular oil changes and tune-ups, so your marriage needs regular maintenance.
Honour God, honor each other in marriage
God challenges us to embrace His relational values as part of our discipleship. In fact, a significant test of our discipleship is how we treat those in our family. Have you ever studied the "one another" verses of the Bible? Here are a few examples:
"Be devoted to one another . . . " (Romans 12:10)
" . . . have equal concern for one another." (1 Corinthians 12:25)
" . . . serve one another . . . " (Galatians 5:13)
" . . . wait for one another." (1 Corinthians 11:33)
" . . . accept one another as Christ does . . . " (Romans 15:7)
"Be kind and compassionate to one another . . . " (Ephesians 4:32)
" . . . be humble towards one another . . . " (1 Peter 5:5)
" . . . comfort one another . . . " (1 Thessalonians 4:18)
"Bear one another's burdens . . . " (Galatians 6:2)
"Forgive one another . . . " (Ephesians 4:32)
These are reflective of God’s relational kingdom values. His desire is for the two of you live out the "one another" verses with one another. Bible-based marriage education is of great help for learning practical ways honour God in your marriage.
Not just for marriages in crisis
Some people think that marriage education is only for couples who are in trouble; nothing could be further from the truth. Even healthy marriages need regular marriage education. Your involvement in marriage education now will even affect the future marriages of your grandchildren.
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