Faith Conversation: Growth Through Suffering

husband comforting distressed wife
Yuri Arcurs/PeopleImages

As a couple, discuss the book of Romans. Read each chapter together or individually, then focus your conversation on the following passage and discussion questions.

"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us" (Romans 8:18).

  • Talk about a time when God used something negative in your life to improve your character.
  • In our relationship, how have times of suffering produced hope?
  • How can we handle difficult times better?

The apostle Paul reminds us that suffering often serves a higher purpose. God uses difficulties in our lives to increase our faith and hone our character. We might experience suffering that is internal or external, but suffering of some sort is inevitable in every marriage. When we learn to turn our eyes and our hearts to God during those times, we have the opportunity to draw closer to each other as a couple, as well as to our heavenly Father.

Strengthen the marriages in your church by hosting one of our Focus on the Family marriage events. Details here.


This article appeared in the October/November 2015 issue of Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family magazine. If you enjoyed this article, read more like it in Focus on the Family's marriage and parenting magazine. Get this publication delivered to your home by subscribing to it for a gift of any amount.

Copyright © 2015 Focus on the Family.

You Might Also Like:

  • How to Draw Together During Tough Times

    Carol Kent

    A parenting crisis can really test a marriage. What can you do to keep your marriage strong during trials? Here’s how to develop a stronger bond in the face of seemingly insurmountable pressures.

  • Ready to Wed

    The Ready To Wed™ resource kit is here to help you build a marriage that you’ll love.

  • The Best Year of Your Marriage

    Jim Daly

    This 52-week devotional provides Christian couples with an easy way to read Scripture, pray and engage in spiritual discussions and activities to strengthen their relationship and marriage.