How to Make It to Stage 3 in Your Marriage

1. OPEN UP: Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.  James 5:16 NLT

2. GIVE UP (not on your marriage):   [LOVE] does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  1 Corinthians 13:5 NLT

3. GROW UP: Instead, as we lovingly speak the truth, we will grow up completely in our relationship to Christ, who is the head.  Ephesians 4:15 (GW)

Open up to your spouse.  Share your faults and weaknesses.  Be open and honest.

Give up “your way” for your spouse’s, give your best to your best (spouse, family), give up being irritable, and give up sarcasm/ridicule.  Give up threatening divorce or assigning blame.

Grow up and put Christ at the head of your life and marriage.  Grow, mature and ultimately become like Jesus so you can be the spouse your spouse needs.  This takes time but it’s worth it!

Prayer: Dear God, My marriage is important to You.  I know that the Bible talks a lot about marriage.  Help me God to make my marriage important.  First, help me to put You at the center of my life and then my marriage.  Help me to be the spouse who doesn’t demand my own way, doesn’t track rights and wrongs, but instead operate in the kind of love that is patient and kind.  Help me to prioritize FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE in my marriage by believing in Jesus and becoming more like Jesus.  Amen.

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