• Melissa Alvis

Biblical Foundations for Marriage and Family

Updated: Mar 1, 2020

After my husband and I became Christians, we began devoting time to studying different topics from a series of Biblical-based studies. We shared our learning about marriage and relational issues with one another through our letters and our visits. These activities impacted both our lives significantly.

We began to experience a greater degree in communicating our thoughts and feelings about ourselves and the separation from one another. Something we once ran from but found ourselves eagerly climbing to greater heights in our understanding of ourselves and of one another. We became better equipped in helping each other as well as ourselves through difficult times.

In one particular study, our lives and marriage were significantly impacted by a passage of scripture. In Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, the Biblical writer reminded us of the importance we must place on being there for one another.

“Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow, but woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up.” (v9-10)

Amid an incarceration experience, “How important is it for us to be there for our spouse? If we’re not there spiritually and emotionally, who will lift up our mate?

Growing Together While Living Apart

What about you and your spouse? Have you two talked to each other concerning the relational needs each of you possess? Additionally, have you come to the point where both of you see the importance of teamwork in your marriage relationship? It isn’t “ my marriage” but “our marriage”. Answering the following questions can help.

1. In what area of our marriage are we exhibiting teamwork?

2. What difficulties or challenges are we facing that we need our spouse’s help with?

Therefore, let us encourage one another!

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