No one wakes up expecting their marriage will fail, but the truth is: marriage doesn’t always go as planned.
Sylvia Smith says, when couples stop sharing things with each other and expressing themselves, they weaken their chord of connection.
That when this connection becomes fragile, their relationship loses its strength. And this is one of the signs of a failing marriage.
Fixing a broken marriage requires the help of God. He is the author of marriage and knows how to bring you and your spouse into agreement again.
According to Meg Bucher, there are no perfect solutions to fix broken marriages. God is the One we can trust to heal a broken marriage.
Below are 35 powerful Bible verses for a broken marriage.
1. Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
When things are not going right with your spouse, don’t blame them but turn to God for help.
God knows the genesis of your problems and will walk you through the process of dealing with them.
2. Ephesians 5:28 “In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.”
Husbands are to care and love their wives as they do themselves. This applies to the wife too if the marriage is going to work.
3. Mark 10:9 “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
This is a good verse to declare over your marriage when other things or people threaten to separate you and your spouse.
Trust in God’s ability to keep your marriage together despite the issues plaguing it.
4. Colossians 3:19 “Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.”
It’s important for husbands to know that their wives like to be treated with gentleness.
Being harsh with your wife crushes her spirit and makes her resent you. Show love to your wife and speak to her graciously.
5. Proverbs 3:3 “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.”
Love and be faithful to your spouse in good and challenging times. Show your commitment to your spouse wholeheartedly like you promised when you took your vows.
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6. 1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
Let your love for your spouse have its roots in the love of God because God’s love is unfailing. Loving your spouse enables you to forgive them whenever they wrong you.
7. Song of Solomon 4:10 “How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume more than any spice!”
A husband ought to meditate on the love his wife showed him when things were good in the marriage. That love still exists.
8. Matthew 6:12 “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
God has forgiven your sins in Christ and enables you to forgive your spouse’s offenses against you. Forgiveness precedes the healing of your marriage.
God can reconcile your hearts when you are at peace with each other.
9. Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
When things are not going right in your marriage, pray and believe God will act. Martin Forgenie says prayer can repair any relationship no matter the level of damage. He has powerful prayers for your marriage.
10. Malachi 2:16 “The man who hates and divorces his wife,” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “does violence to the one he should protect,” says the Lord Almighty. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful.
As a husband (or wife), guard your heart against hatred and unfaithfulness. Protect your spouse with your love and let divorce not be your first option.
11. Psalm 37:7 “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him…”
Waiting for God to answer your prayers for your marriage is not easy. Trust that God is working even though you don’t see it. Be still so you may hear him speak to you.”
12. Hebrews 13:4 “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”
Honor your marriage vow to remain faithful to your spouse. Flee from any temptation to be sexually intimate with anyone other than your spouse.
13. Proverbs 24:29 “Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for what they did.”
Vengefulness will only kill your marriage fast. Don’t repay evil with evil but with good. Pray for your spouse when they treat you with contempt.
14. 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Repent when you do wrong to your spouse because God promises to forgive you. He will show you the right way to relate to your spouse so you live in peace.
15. Song of Solomon 2:16 “My beloved is mine and I am his…”
Your spouse belongs to you because of the covenant relationship you have. Enjoy every moment with him or her and have a full life together.
16. James 4:8 “Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
Draw near to God and encourage your spouse to do the same. God will purify your hearts and restore the righteousness of your marriage.
17. Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Don’t attack your spouse because he or she is not your real enemy. The devil may be using them to attack you so as to separate the two of you. Recognize your real enemy and fight him.
18. Isaiah 62:5 “As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.”
God rejoices over your marriage because he is the author of it. Rejoice in your spouse.
19. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
When you build and encourage each other, your marriage becomes stronger. A strong marriage will weather the storms of life. Your relationship will also be solid and stable.
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20. Romans 15:5-6 “ May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Your thoughts toward your spouse should be like those of Jesus. When you are one in mind, you act as a unit and that brings God glory.
21. Ephesians 4:2 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
Interact with your spouse in humility and bear with his or her weaknesses. Instead of judgment, show love.
22. Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
You and your spouse are one, therefore consider his or her concerns and opinions. Look out for the interests of your spouse and avoid selfish behavior.
23. Proverbs 10:12 “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.”
Don’t allow your heart to hate your spouse. Hatred will keep you in spiritual bondage and poison your marriage.
Ask God to pour his love into your heart with which you can love your spouse.
24. Ephesians 4:25 “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.”
Be honest and transparent with your spouse always. God will only vindicate you when you are honest and have no hidden motives toward your spouse.
25. Psalm 1:1 “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers.”
Avoid friendships with those who don’t respect and honor marriage. Your friends should be people who lead you to God to seek solutions for the issues in your marriage.
26. 2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness…’”
God’s grace will carry you through the difficult moments of your marriage. It is not easy to endure turmoil as you wait for God to give you a breakthrough.
27. Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
Talk to your spouse with kind words that will build him or her up. Unkind and rude words will tear down your spouse and create distance between the two of you.
28. James 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
Apologize to your spouse where you are on the wrong. Pray for each other because none of you is perfect. God will heal you and restore your marriage.
29. Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”
I have hope that God will fix what is broken in your marriage. It is his will that you and your spouse remain married. He is faithful in keeping his promises.
Related Article: 13 Powerful Prayers that will Heal a Broken Relationship.
30. Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…”
Ask God to help you deal with whatever blocks the manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit in you and your spouse.
31. Ephesians 4:17 “So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.”
Conducting your marriage as the world does will bring unnecessary difficulties that will threaten to end it. Uphold the principles in the word of God concerning marriage.
32. Song of Solomon 8:7 “Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away…”
Believe the love you share with your spouse is strong enough to weather the storm you are going through in your marriage. If it is a real love it will stand the test of time.
33. 1 Corinthians 13:6 “ Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”
Ask the Lord to help you check your heart to see if there are any secret evil desires. Only God can show you if you have any and help you deal with them.
34. Proverbs 24:3 “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding, it is established.”
Employ wisdom in all the affairs of your marriage. Seek divine wisdom which is superior to human wisdom.
35. Matthew 18:21-22 “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
Commit to forgiving your spouse every time they wrong you.
Lynette Hoy emphasizes the importance of grieving your loss in your broken marriage. She recommends facing the loss of your broken marriage with God.
And where you struggle to accept the reality of the loss, consider professional counseling. I leave you with Dannah Gresh’s words on marriage.
“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.”
Bible Verses for a Broken Marriage Recourses
1. Healing Your Marriage When Trust is Broken by Cindy Beall
2. Hope for the Separated: Wounded marriages can be healed by Gary Chapman
3. Marriage on the mend by Clint and Penny A. Bragg
Bible Verses for a Broken Marriage Podcast
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