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How a Husband’s Actions Can Preserve His Marriage

key areas of loving leadership
God gives the husband the role of authority and responsibility in the marriage covenant. He is to faithfully, lovingly lead his wife in a responsible manner, not to dominate her, but to care for and protect her.

Take Responsibility for Moral Failure

rebuilding a marriage damaged by hidden moral failure
When you come clean with your wife by confessing moral failures, you will have a feeling of euphoria. It will seem as though hundreds of bricks have been taken off of your shoulders. You will even feel free physically, because hiding your sin affects your entire body, soul, and spirit.

A Pathway to Freedom

finding freedom and restoration through Jesus Christ
My childhood was unpredictable. Through the influence of alcohol, violence, and abuse, those years held little stability for me, and I became depressed and lonely. When stepfathers came into my life in steady succession, weekly visits to the therapist became routine.

Basic Commitments to Make Before Considering Marriage

three foundational decisions to strengthen moral purity
To avoid the trap of moral failure, every son and daughter should make three basic commitments long before he or she is ready to consider marriage.

Since you are no longer accountable to a husband, God fulfills the role of Husband in your circumstances. However, be quick to seek wisdom through Godly counselors, such as parents, parents-in-law, pastors, or mature believers. God takes special care of widows.

Heeding the Cautions of Your Wife

listen to your wife’s counsel
When God designed the roles of husband and wife, He fashioned the wife as a helpmate for her husband. Among other gifts, God often grants the wife an alertness and discernment that He may not initially give to the husband.

Hindrances to Communication in Marriage

hurts that tempt your spouse to stop offering you counsel
When the trust in a marriage relationship is damaged by unresolved conflicts, the couple usually becomes unwilling to share openly with each other.

Basic Needs of a Husband and Wife

understanding and meeting the needs of your spouse
God’s Word declares that “a man [shall] leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). This is a great mystery.

Lists, Lessons, and Lasting Love

a wife shares her journey of rebuilding a marriage
Do you have a list? Not one of those “honey-do” lists of what we would like to have done around the house, like fixing the dripping faucet or cleaning the garage. I’m talking about a list of your husband’s failures.

Self-Rejection Can Lead to Financial Troubles

a husband’s actions and a wife’s responses
When a man struggles with self-rejection or a sense that his wife is rejecting him, his attitudes affect every aspect of his life, including his marriage and finances.

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