Successful Marriage Tips for Couples

Successful Marriage Tips for Couples

Use these successful marriage tips to improve your relationship with your spouse. Each tip includes a matching verse from the Bible: the classic handbook on marriage and relationships. We have categorized the tips into three sections:

  • Tips for husbands
  • Tips for wives
  • Successful marriage tips for couples


Successful Marriage Tips,
Especially for Husbands!


  • Place your relationship with Jesus Christ as the foundation of your marriage.
  • 1 Peter 2:6b And he who believes in him will not be disappointed.

  • Husbands, give your wife a hug and kiss at least three times a day.
  • Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her.
  • Husbands, before marriage, have your eyes wide open; after marriage, you may have to keep them half closed!
  • Proverbs 4:7 Never walk away from Wisdom—she guards your life; love her—she keeps her eye on you… Throw your arms around her—believe me, you won’t regret it; never let her go—she’ll make your life glorious.

  • Without being asked to do so, surprise your wife by making her a special snack or lunch and deliver it to her.
  • 1 Corinthians 7:3 Marriage is not a place to “stand up for your rights.” Marriage is a decision to serve the other…
  • When your wife is doing some chore around the house (laundry, cutting the grass :-), etc.), stop her and say, “Thank you for your hard work: I love you for it!”
  • Proverbs 31:27 Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise: “Many women have done wonderful things, but you’ve outclassed them all!” 

  • If you ever raise your voice in the heat of an argument, you must apologize for your lack of self-control and insensitivity!
  • Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
  • Every day, pay a compliment to your wife for something she does, rather than focusing your attention on her faults.
  • Ephesians 4:2b Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.

  • Want to have some extra “alone time” with your wife? Help her with the dishes every night!
  • Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.
  • Watch out for temptation; the more you see it, the better it looks.
  • Mark 14:38 Keep watch and pray so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak. 

  • The best aphrodisiac a husband can use is to actively listen to his wife, as he gazes intently into her eyes.
  • Proverbs 4:25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.


Successful Marriage Tips,
Especially for Wives! 


  • In the face of the many disappointments your husband may bring your way each week, always choose to think the best.
  • Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

  • Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.
  • Ephesians 5:33 So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
  • Wives, if you’ve been hurt by your husband, remember, your forgiveness and love will set him free!
  • 1 Corinthians 13:5,6 Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 

  • When your children ask you why they were born—make sure you know the answer!
  • Jeremiah 1:5 I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.
  • Make a solemn promise with your husband, that before bed every night, you will hug, look each other in the eye, say. “I love you!” and kiss. This may mean you each say, “sorry” for something first!
  • Ephesians 4:26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry. 

  • When you are laying in bed before sleep, take your spouse’s hand and pray out loud together.
  • James 5:13a,b Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises.


Successful Marriage Tips,
for Both Husbands and Wives!


  • Want to avoid most of your arguments? Learn to say to your spouse: “You and I think differently, but I love the uniqueness each of us bring to our relationship!”
  • Psalm 139:14b Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
  • Do your best to make a dream your spouse has voiced, come true.
  • 1 John 3:16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave
    up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.
  • Why are we more polite to a total stranger on the phone, than we would be to our spouse—the most important person in the world to us?!
  • Always speak politely, in the proper tone of voice. Proverbs 15:23 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply—and how good is a timely word! 
  • A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover, as the love of the giver. (Thomas Kempis)
  • Song of Solomon 4:10 You’ve captured my heart, dear friend.
    You looked at me, and I fell in love. One look my way and I was hopelessly in love! How beautiful your love, dear, dear friend.
  • More than anything else, excel at forgiving.
  • Matthew 5:7 God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
  • Treat your spouse as best friends treat each other.
  • Proverbs 18:24b There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.
  • A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short (Andre Maurois)
  • Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
  • Never go to bed angry; it’s more fun to make-up than to have a fight!
  • Ephesians 4:26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry.
  • Don’t give up during tough times realizing that love grows when it is tested.
  • 1 Corinthians 13:7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 
  • Spouses who put their partners first have marriages that last.
  • Philippians 2:3b Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
  • Want a happy marriage? Make yourself accountable to your spouse.
  • Ephesians 5:21 And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
  • If you aren’t consistently working on your marriage, it may change from a duet to a duel!
  • Romans 14:19 So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.
  • Being married teaches us at least one very valuable lesson: think before you speak!
  • Proverbs 25:6 Don’t work yourself into the spotlight; don’t push your way into the place of prominence. It’s better to be promoted to a place of honor than face humiliation by being demoted.
  • Forgive and forget even when it seems that your spouse doesn’t deserve it.
  • 1 Corinthians 13:5b Love keeps no record of wrongs.


We can learn so much from one another! What successful marriage tips have you used in your own marriage?