by Marvin D. Patterson

The Spiritual Principles for a Strong Marriage
Marvin Patterson
Ephesians 5:21-33

I am reminded of a pastor who went to speak to a group of 4th graders on the topic of marriage, and he asked the question: "Does anyone of you know what God has to say about marriage?" Well, immediately one little boy threw his hand up and the pastor called on him and said, "All right, what does God have to say about marriage?" The little boy said, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." It is interesting to see what some people have said about marriage. A little boy asked his father the question: "Dad, how much does it cost to get married?" The father replied, "I don't know son, I'm still paying for it."

- Man is incomplete until he's married, then he's really finished.

- Marriage is an institution which a man looses his bachelor's degree, and the woman gets her master's degree.

- One man said, "I never knew what real happiness was until I got married - and then it was too late."

- Married life is very frustrating. In the first year of marriage the man speaks and the woman listens; in the second year the woman speaks and the man listens; in the third year they both speak and the neighbors listen.

- After a vicious argument a wife exploded and said to her husband, "You know I was a fool when I married you." The husband said, "Yes, dear, but I was in love and didn't notice it."


There are a lot of books, magazines, and articles written each year on how to have a happy and strong marriage. Many of the philosophies may be good advice, and others may not be of great value, but we are going to examine the greatest principles that have ever been written tonight on how to have a strong marriage, because these are God's spiritual principles as contained in the Word of God. We know that it was God who established the institution of marriage in the first place; therefore, He would know exactly what it takes ...

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