The 24 Advantages Of Studying The Word Of God With Your Spouse, PART ONE
A couple is made up of two individuals who decide to walk, live and have fellowship together. Humans are spirit beings who live in the body. The body needs physical food for its sustenance, but the spirit needs spiritual food for it to stay healthy. By spiritual food, we mean the inspired word of God found in the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16). As couples, while we feed and take good care of our physical bodies, we shouldn’t forget to take good care of our spirits too. Feeding our spirit man is feeding our relationship. Good spiritual health will result in good health in our relationship with our spouses.
In order to inspire, encourage and motivate couples to take care of their spirit beings together, we have come up with the 24 advantages of studying the word of God with your spouse. These advantages of Bible study for couples are:
1. It Helps Couples Bond With God
A solid marriage is between three parties: the couple and God. So the bond between you, your spouse and God will only increase if you constantly read the word of the third party–God–together with your spouse. The more you read about God, the more you bond with God. Remember that a cord of three strands is not easily broken (Ecclesiastes 4:12).
2. It Helps Couples Grow In The Knowledge Of God
God is a third party in the marriage. By reading the Bible, you get to know the third party better. Apostle Peter admonishes us to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord, which is what couples do when they read the word constantly together (2 Peter 3:18).
3. It Helps Couples Obey God’s Word Together
You cannot obey what you are ignorant of. It’s as simple as that. You cannot submit to what you don’t know, but this is what studying the Bible together with your spouse helps accomplish. You would both know what you are required to do and without resistance from any partner, willingly obey what’s asked of you, together as couples. This, without an iota of doubt, is one of the 24 advantages of studying the word of God with your spouse.
4. It Helps Couples Avoid Adultery
You see, when couples read the Bible together, they would avoid adultery as they see what the Bible says about it. This only makes the relationship stronger. This is unquestionably one of the 24 advantages of studying the word of God with your spouse.
5. It Helps Couples Avoid Fornication
When couples who are yet to marry read the Bible together, they would find it very reasonable and convenient to avoid fornication. They also would be more committed to each other and stay pure and focused. This will build trust in that relationship.
6. It Helps Couples Avoid Unforgiveness
The couples who read the word of God together are exposed to understanding the forgiveness of God. They would understand what true forgiveness is all about from God’s own perspective, and also learn to forgive each other as a result. When couples choose to study and live by the commandment of love, there’s no way that they won’t forgive each other. Unforgiveness would really have no place in that relationship. Because where there’s true love, there’s forgiveness.
7. It Helps Couples Grow Stronger In God
No one is greater than their experience. The more you study the word of God as couples, the stronger the couples become in their spiritual life as Christians. To have a better experience with God is to study God’s word.
8. It Helps Couples Become Better Persons To Their Community And Nation
The more couples study the word of God, the more they obey God, and also develop a great amiable Christian character which doesn’t only benefit the couples in question, but also their community and nation by extension.
9. It Helps Couples Birth An Advisory Ministry For Them
Because they study the word and have grown in the Lord, the ministry of admonition becomes a reality as they are able to advise others on what they have learned and practiced. Your obedience brings a better experience with God. Only those with such experience can advise other couples about the things of life that they have been through and come out successfully.
10. It Helps Couples Be Self-Sincere
One of the 24 advantages of studying the word of God with your spouse is being sincere with yourselves as individuals created in God’s image. You don’t fake personality at all. If you can be sincere with your self and personality, you can be sincere with whatever you do. It really starts with self-perception. The more couples read the Bible together, the more they see themselves in the image and likeness of God. And this truth shall reflect on their characters. You cannot be faithful in Bible studies and live a lie. In other words, your life can not be fake.
11. It Helps Train The Couples’ Conscience For Sound Decision Making
The word of God is capable of educating the human conscience and training the human conscience to respond adequately to the issues of life. A good conscience only leads the couples in the right direction. Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” This can only be true to the couples who study the Bible together.
12. It Helps Couples Be More Truthful To Each Other
God is the God of truth. When you read the Bible together with your spouse, you will always become acquainted with speaking the truth, because they will know the essence of truth; the importance of being truthful always. The impact of the word they read will be a reflection of Bible truth in their lives. Being truthful is one of the 24 advantages of studying the word of God with your spouse.
We shall continue talking about the 24 advantages of studying the word of God with your spouse in Part 2. We hope the above points bless your relationship as you study with your partners.
Tell us, have you started studying the Bible with your spouse? Which of the above points have you already experienced?
Adapted from the teachings of Reverend P.C. Akubueze, for Smartcouples.net. Copyright 2020. All right Reserved.