Encourage Your Spouse: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


My favorite definition of rejoice is “to be delighted.” What are specific attributes that delight you about your spouse? My kids think it’s ridiculous how funny I find my husband. We’ve been married for over 20 years and the fact that he can make me laugh has gotten us through some tough times. I love that he has faces he can make or phrases he can say that make me crack up.


Pray with each other and for each other. I know that is easier said than done. Maybe this article could be a prompt to start again if you’ve let this discipline slide. Let your spouse know you are praying for them. Leave a sticky note in their car or text them a specific thing you prayed for them.

Give thanks:

Write down one thing every day that you are grateful for related to your spouse. It could be a quality of theirs or maybe it’s something they did for you today. I read some great advice to start each day by thanking God for three things in your life. How might it shape your interactions with your spouse if you thought of three things, or even one, about your spouse to be thankful for to God? One of the tricky things for me about this one and 1Thess. 5:18 is “in all circumstances.” Sometimes it feels easier than other times to be thankful for my husband. When life gets messy it can be tempting to blame him and start thinking if only he would change some things life would be better. But God asks me to be thankful even during the difficult times.

Which of these do you need to embrace: rejoice, pray or give thanks?

Lisa Bohn

Lisa Bohn

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