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Key Thought:

Marriage is something blessed by God at Creation.

Key Quote

“The only person in your marriage you can change, is you.” – Pastor Bil Cornelius

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What is/was your favorite family vacation?
  • Do you take after your mom or dad in terms of personality?
  • What is something you were known for in high school?
  • When you were growing up, what posters or art did you have on your wall?

Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • What are some things you can do to get to know your spouse?
  • Why shouldn’t we want to change our spouse to be more like us?
  • What does active listening look like?
  • How does your family dynamic growing up affect the dynamic within your own immediate family?

Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • What are you going to take personal responsibility for and commit to change?
  • How are you going to demonstrate your kindness to your spouse?
  • What are some ways you are or are going to start investing in your marriage?
  • How are you pursuing the Lord alongside your spouse?

Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you for never giving up in our relationship. Fill me with Your patience, grace, kindness, and forgiveness. Guide my relationships to honor and glorify You. In Your name we pray, amen.

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • Commit to date night once a week.
  • Write a list of things you love about your spouse and share it with them.
  • Identify an area you need to take ownership in changing and then do it!


“Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.”  1 Peter 4:8 NAS

“Careless words stab like a sword, but the words of wise people bring healing.”  Proverbs 12:18 GW

“Be angry without sinning. Don’t go to bed angry. Don’t give the devil any opportunity ⌊to work⌋.”  Ephesians 4:26-27 GW

“If your fellow believer sins against you, you must go to [them] privately and attempt to resolve the matter. If [they respond], your relationship is restored.”  Matthew 18:15 TPT

“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”  Genesis 1:26 ESV

“Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.”  Ephesians 4:1-2 NLT

“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.”  Ephesians 4:3 NLT

“...husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor…” 1 Peter 3:7a ESV

“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?  How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye?  Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.’”  Matthew 7:3-5 ESV

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