Have you ever found yourself in an innocent conversation with your spouse that quickly spiraled downward? Somewhere in the middle, you felt it turning sideways, yet you felt powerless to slow down the negative momentum.

Or perhaps your spouse is struggling, in a dark place where your encouragement can’t seem to reach. You wish you had the right words, the right response for every situation. The simplest and most effective way to build your marriage is by learning what God says about the relationship. Really learn. By memorizing verses that speak to the needs and issues in marriage, God will supply you with powerful responses, exactly when they’re needed.

Here are 10 Scriptures that every married couple should memorize. They will not only change the way you communicate, they will change the way you live together by building harmony and purpose into your marriage. Instead of giving in to irritability, insecurity, or indifference, these Scriptures will take root in your soul and transform you into the loving, respectful, considerate spouse you vowed to be when you got married.

So take a proactive approach to your marital relationship and commit to memorizing these (and other) Scriptures. God promises that His words “will not return to me empty” (Isaiah 55:11). Write each verse on a 3×5 card and place in a prominent place where you will see it regularly. Recite it out loud to reinforce the words in your head. You might also try writing out your verses several times in a row, or reciting them with your spouse at mealtimes and bedtime.

If you take the time to learn God’s word, He will revolutionize your heart, your mind, and your marriage.

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