Finding what is good in your Spouse

Scripture: Proverbs 18:22, ‘He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favour from the Lord.’


Observations: This proverb has two things to say about women. Firstly, that to marry a woman is a good thing. Often in our society marriage is seen in a negative light, but according to the Bible marriage is good. Often marriage in ancient times was seen as nothing more than acquiring wealth or securing heirs, or building a family, but according to the Bible marriage is an end in itself, it is a good thing just to be married. Secondly, finding a wife is evidence of God’s favour. God is pleased when people marry. Marriage is not a human invention but is God’s idea. God married Adam and Eve when he created Eve and presented her to Adam as his wife. Marriage is actually a reflection of God’s love and commitment within the Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. When we pledge our undying love to our spouse we are acting like God.


Application: Husbands, do you consider your wife both a good thing and a gift from God? And wives do you see your husbands in the same way? And if you’re single do you see marriage as a good thing, an opportunity to love someone as God’s loves? And when you have a godly marriage you will know the favour of God. So what do you need to do, or change, to have a godly marriage? How can you create a marriage that reflects heaven here on earth?


Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, You created marriage and it is a good thing, and I want to thank You for my spouse. Lord, I have indeed found a good thing and I want to do everything I can to make it a great thing, something that honours You and imitates You in every way. Lord, forgive me when I am a poor spouse, protect me from sin, help me to be quick to forgive, and fill me with Your Spirit that I might love my spouse with a love like Yours. May my marriage bring You glory, and may we experience Your favour. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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