God's Design for Marriage

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God's Marriage Partnership Plan

Erin Hawley

Through reading the Bible and observing my husband, Josh, I have learned two things about marriage. First, marriage is a partnership, and, second, God designed our differences for our benefit.

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The Divorce-Proof Marriage

Greg Smalley

About a third to a half of all marriages will end in divorce. But by following seven straightforward guidelines most marriages can thrive. Investing in your spouse can produce a happy union.

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Why I Care About Your Sex Life … And So Should You

Juli Slattery

Healthy sexual intimacy correlates with an overall strong relationship. But it's about more than you and your spouse having a good time in bed. It is a central aspect of a holy metaphor.

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Are You Micro-Cheating on Your Spouse?

Erin Smalley

Husbands and wives get to choose where they place their attention. Taking time for a self-evaluation of misplaced affections can be key to continuing to build a healthy marriage relationship. 

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Faith Conversation: God's Creative Work

Rachel Dodd

Sometimes we forget how extraordinary God's creation truly is — and that our spouse is a part of that creation. Give thanks for God's awesome and ongoing creative work in our life and in our marriage.

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Does Your Faith Reduce Your Risk of Divorce?

Glenn Stanton

Authoritative research conducted at leading universities presents the case that religious service attendance makes a strong positive contribution to marriages, including a resistance to divorce.

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Faith Conversation: Becoming One

Brent Rinehart

God calls us to leave the things of our past and cling to our spouse. On the day we entered into our marriage covenant, we chose something greater than ourselves — we chose sacrificial love. 

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Three Ways to Nurture the Marriage You Want

Josh McDowell

Marriage should be an intimate relationship that lasts a lifetime and grows stronger over the years. That's the kind of love for which the human heart longs. Every human heart — yours and your spouse's.

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Greg and Erin Smalley

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Lifetime Love: Advice from Couples Who Made Marriage Last

Greg Smalley

We'd be wise to listen to those who have been married for a long time. They have important information for us. These five lessons can help us build a strong foundation for a life-long marriage.

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Family Reunions

Greg Asimakoupoulos

Family reunions take a little planning. But the payoff is huge. You'll create traditions and pass on legacies. Reunions provide a preview of an ultimate gathering that awaits God's children in heaven.

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Loving at All Costs

Brian Goins

The quintessential trait of a good husband is the tenacity to love at all costs. I can't be like Him unless I return love when my ego is wounded and unless I pursue love when I'd rather avoid pain.

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Do Opposites Really Attract?

Jim Daly

Differences don't have to be obstacles to a healthy marriage. Your spouse's unique qualities are meant to complement your own. Appreciating the way the Lord has crafted your spouse will help you grow.

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What Fear Robs From Your Marriage

Susie Larson

Have you struggled with fear of rejection, financial troubles or the future? Persistent fear is a spiritual battle. Although our husbands can love and comfort us at times, God alone is our deliverer.

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When You're at the End of Your Ability, God Can Heal Your Marriage

Henry Cloud

When things get tough in a marriage and some change is required, we might not want to do it. But if we know that we ultimately have to deal with God, we submit to His higher calling to us.

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Grit: Successful Marriages Need Passion and Perseverance

Greg Smalley

So many marriages end in divorce because husbands and wives simply give up. They lack grit. Couples who wish to succeed in marriage need passion and perseverance.

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How To Get Lost in God's Love and Save Your Marriage

Dannah Gresh

Every person on earth has a deep desire to be loved. And as wonderful as love in marriage is, it will never be a fulfilling love unless we first saturate ourselves in the unfailing love of God.

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Anniversaries Are as Important as the Wedding

Greg Smalley

Celebrating an anniversary shows that marriage is a priority in our life. It gives us a chance to pull back from the daily grind and relive a moment that changed our life forever.

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God at the Center

Michael Ridgeway

Phil and Heather Joel have a conversation about God’s plan and purposes for their marriage. Topics include good communication, overcoming busyness and the biblical roles of the husband and wife.

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Living Out 'I Do'

Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller

It is the covenantal commitment that enables married people to become people who love each other. Only with time do we really learn who the other person is and come to love the person for him- or herself.

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Good Marriages Need Emotion And Determination

Ravi Zacharias

Though it may not sound romantic, a thriving marriage requires both a determination to love and a commitment to serve your spouse.

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Hidden Benefits of Marriage

Glenn Stanton

Some studies show that married men and women are less likely to suffer from serious illnesses. And marriage not only gives you longer life, but a happier life, too.

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Husbands and Wives Are Hardwired to Complement Each Other

Walt Larimore

The hormonal influence and hardwiring of each spouse is designed to complement and strengthen the other. As a man loves his wife, she is more able and willing to respect him.

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Marriage: A Timeless Treasure

Jim Daly

All Christians are called to preserve the God-ordained institution of marriage and share with their neighbors its benefits and His ultimate reasons for it.

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