17 Bible Verses About Not Giving Up on Marriage

Bible verses about not giving up on marriage

It’s easy to give up on marriage. It’s easy to allow someone else to influence your decisions, even when it might be better for you. It’s easy for us to want to get married once. When our spouse is unavailable because of distance or work or other things, we can easily give into temptation and let that be an excuse to give up.

Bible Verses About Not Giving Up on Marriage

Finding a biblical lesson on marriage can be frustrating. With so many books out there and so few worth reading, the Bible seems to be the only place we have to look.

One of the most important things I’ve learned in my marriage is that even if it’s been more complicated than you thought, God never gives up on you or your marriage.

Read on for 17 important Bible verses about not giving up on marriage.

James 5:16 – We make a vow not only to our spouse but also to God.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

James 5:16 (ESV) 

James 5_16 - We make a vow not only to our spouse but also to God

It’s no secret that marriage can be challenging. It cannot be easy. But that doesn’t make it any less worthwhile. There’s something unique and beautiful about two people who have committed to each other for better or worse.

We make a vow not only to our spouse but also to God. And it is a vow we must take seriously. Don’t give up if your marriage has problems; remember that confession benefits the soul.

You’ll be surprised at how much healing can occur if you confess your sins and pray for each other. A righteous person’s prayer has great power, so don’t underestimate the power of prayer.

1 Peter 3:7 – He understands what you’re going through.

Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

1 Peter 3:7 (ESV) 

1 Peter 3_7 - He understands what you're going through

Please don’t give up when it comes to marriage. You may think it’s not worth it but stick with it. When things are difficult, it’s easy to become discouraged, but remember that marriage is a covenant between you and God.

He understands what you’re going through and wants you to succeed. Ask God to give you strength and wisdom and to help you honor your wife as the weaker vessel.

As an heir of God’s grace, she is your equal. Don’t let anything get in the way of your prayers. Maintain open communication with God; He will help you through difficult times.

Hebrews 13:4 – God will judge those who break their marriage vows.

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.

Hebrews 13:4 (ESV) 

Hebrews 13_4 - God will judge those who break their marriage vows

Marriage should be held in high regard by all, and the marriage bed should be kept pure because God will judge those who are sexually immoral and adulterous.

Marriage is a divinely created sacred institution that should be honored and respected. Because it represents the marriage covenant between a man and a woman, the bed in the marriage should be undefiled.

God will judge those who break their marriage vows and bless those who keep them.

Proverbs 3:1-35 – The foundation of marriage.

My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. …

Proverbs 3:1-35 (ESV)

Proverbs 3_1-35 - The foundation of marriage

Numerous factors can either make or break a marriage. A solid and long-lasting marriage requires love, faithfulness, trust, and understanding.

It is time to change if your marriage is based on deception, lies, and betrayal. It’s time to start laying the foundation for your wedding with love, faithfulness, trust, and understanding.

Here are a few bullet points to get you started:

1. Discuss your feelings with your spouse.
2. Spend quality time together.
3. Be truthful to one another.
4. Forgive one another.
5. Improve your relationship.
6. Have faith in God.

Ephesians 5:25 – Put that love into action.

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,

Ephesians 5:25 (ESV)

Ephesians 5_25 - Put that love into action


The world frequently tells husbands they must be in charge and the head of the household. However, the Bible instructs husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church.

This means husbands must sacrifice themselves for their wives as Christ did for the church. When husbands love their wives in this way, they demonstrate to the world what true love entails.

They are paving the way for other husbands to follow. And they make their wives feel loved and valued. If you are a husband, consider how you can love your wife in a way that mirrors Christ’s love for the church. Then put that love into action, and your wife will appreciate it!

Ephesians 4:31-32 – Kindness makes a big difference.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 4:31-32 (ESV) 

Ephesians 4_31-32 - Kindness makes a big difference

When we are kind to our partners, we show them that we care about them and want them to be happy. This can make a huge difference, especially when times are tough.

It’s also important to remember that when we’re nice to them,  we’re also lovely to ourselves. When we are kind to our neighbors, we remind ourselves that we deserve love and respect. We’re also teaching ourselves to be more forgiving, which can only be beneficial.

So, the next time you’re angry or bitter, remind yourself that being kind is always worthwhile. It may not be easy, but it is always helpful.

Matthew 19:4-6 – Know that God is with you.

He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Matthew 19:4-6 (ESV) 

Matthew 19_4-6 - Know that God is with you

Marriage is a sacred institution initiated by God for our benefit. It should not be taken lightly, but with prayer, thoughtfulness, and a commitment to lifelong faithfulness.

Because God intends marriage to be a lifelong union, we must do everything in our power to ensure that our marriages are strong and healthy. This entails regular communication, spending time together, and perseverance in adversity.

If you are going through a difficult time, know that God is with you and wants to help you. Seek counseling or advice from wise friends, and believe God can restore your marriage to a happy and peaceful place.

1 Peter 3:1 – To the wives.

Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives,

1 Peter 3:1 (ESV) 

1 Peter 3_1 - To the wives

We are called Christian wives to submit to our husbands, even if they are not perfect. This can be not easy, but it is essential to remember that our husbands are our life partners, and we should strive to collaborate with them for the best possible outcome.

Even if our husbands do not obey God’s word, we can sometimes win them over with good behavior. This is a powerful testimony to God’s love that has the potential to change hearts and lives.

So, let us remember to be submissive to our husbands and to act in a way that brings God glory.

Ecclesiastes 9:9 – Appreciate your wife and husband.

Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 9:9 (ESV) 

Ecclesiastes 9_9 - Appreciate your wife and husband

This verse reminds us to enjoy life with the people we care about because that is ultimately what it is all about.

It’s important to remember this, especially amid daily life’s hustle and bustle. It is too easy to get caught up in the rat race and lose sight of what is truly important.

So, appreciate your wife and husband and treasure your time together. It is essential to enjoy life and not take it for granted.

Acts 8:22 – Recognizing the problem is the first step toward repentance.

Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you

Acts 8:22 (ESV) 

Acts 8_22 - Recognizing the problem is the first step toward repentance

An unrepentant heart’s “wickedness” is a serious matter, and it robs marriage of its joy and destroys the oneness God intended for husband and wife.

Recognizing the problem is the first step toward repentance. If you have been unfaithful to your spouse, you must confess and ask for forgiveness.

You must also beg God to forgive you and assist you in changing your heart. Without genuine repentance, your marriage has no hope for forgiveness or healing.

Ephesians 5:22-24 – The husband is the head of the family.

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

Ephesians 5:22-24 (ESV) 

Your husband is the head of the family and is in charge of your spiritual well-being. You should submit to your husband in the same way that the church does to Christ.

This does not imply that you should be a doormat or that your opinion is irrelevant. However, it does mean that you should respect your husband’s authority and strive to serve him to the best of your ability. In turn, he should love and cherish you the same way Christ loves and cherishes the church.

Romans 7:2 – Treasure your spouse.

For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage.

Romans 7:2 (ESV) 

It’s no secret that marriage is difficult. Marriage, despite its difficulties, is one of the most beautiful things in the world.

One of the most important things you can do for your marriage is to treasure it while your husband is still alive. That is not to say you should take your husband for granted.

It simply means that you should appreciate all of the positive aspects of your relationship and work hard to keep it strong. A married woman is legally obligated to her husband while he is alive, and if her husband dies, she is free from the law of marriage.

Matthew 5:32 – Divorce does not end a marriage.

But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Matthew 5:32 (ESV) 

In God’s eyes, divorce does not end a marriage, according to Jesus. You can forgive and reconcile with your repentant spouse in the Lord, and you are not obligated to divorce your spouse simply because you have the option.

This is a magnificent and glorious display of the gospel, proclaiming the glory of a God who saves adulterous people from their sins through his unfathomable grace.

1 Corinthians 7:10-11 – The sacred covenant that should not be taken lightly.

To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife.

1 Corinthians 7:10-11 (ESV) 

It is so essential for husband and wife to stay together. God’s design for marriage is for husband and wife to become one flesh and to remain together until death parts them.

This is a sacred covenant that should not be taken lightly. There are times, however, when circumstances beyond our control can cause separation.

In these cases, it is best for the wife to remain unmarried or to be reconciled to her husband. And the husband should not divorce his wife.

Ephesians 5:22 – Try not to command or tell him what to do.

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

Ephesians 5:22 (ESV) 

How can you begin submitting to your husband right now? Begin by showing him respect. Respect him as the household’s head. Second, begin to follow his lead.

Try not to command him or tell him what to do. Third, prioritize his needs over your own. Fourth, commit to him and your marriage.

I guarantee that if you do these things, your marriage will begin to improve. You’ll discover that you’re happier and more fulfilled. And your husband will be grateful for your cooperation. So please don’t put it off any longer. Begin submitting to your husband right now!

1 Corinthians 7:15 – You have His support.

But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace.

1 Corinthians 7:15 (ESV) 

If you consider walking away from your unbelieving partner, you’re not alone. Scripture says that the brother or sister is not enslaved in such cases, and God has called you to be at peace.

So, if you believe separating is the best option for you and your relationship, know that you have His support. And remember, He is always there for you, even amid adversity.

Matthew 5:28 – Be careful with your thoughts.

But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Matthew 5:28 (ESV) 

Though we may not always act on our thoughts, they can still be harmful. As Jesus says in this verse, if we are contemplating adultery, even if we do not work on it, we have already committed it in our hearts.

Therefore, be careful with your thoughts and think about pure and honorable things.



The agony of adultery, abuse, or other significant marital problems might make it appear less likely that you and your spouse can get through these challenges.

However, God wants you to uphold your commitments to one another and others. We trust that these verses have inspired and uplifted you. We pray that you make the correct decision, fight for your marriage no matter the situation, and don’t give up on it.


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