Several studies show that the bonds of marriage hold stronger between people of faith than those where faith is not a priority of life and relationship. Despite increased atheism/agnosticism among young people, it seems that the old adage, “the family that prays together, stays together” remains true. But what are some reasons to back up this premise?
One of the biggest threats to marriage is the temptation to “cheat” on your partner. However, research shows that when practicing faith is a priority, couples value the bond of marriage to be something sacred, and the urge for infidelity is diminished, according to a recent Oxford study. It’s true that the grass may seem greener on the other side of the fence, but in reality, it’s not.
- More Effective Conflict Resolution
Faith provides a wealth of resources both internally and externally that can aid in the resolution of conflicts. Researchers from the University of Texas found that positive faith coping “may increase feelings of calm and hopefulness. Additionally, couples who are open with each other about their faith more often see their partner as a “soul mate,” making it less likely for them to “go negative” during times of conflict.
- Less Personal Stress
In this day and age, the rigors of financial obligations, raising children, decreased security in the workplace, etc., can be stressful to marriage. Prayer – and, in particular, shared prayer – can be very beneficial to couples dealing with stress. Having a cornerstone of faith to turn to in difficult times is a valuable way to deal with the stressors of life and marriage.
- Greater Connection and Community
Participation in a faith community provides a wholesome, supportive, inter-generational place where couples can thrive. During times of trouble and uncertainty, a faith community can be there to provide increased support and encouragement. And during times of celebration, like a pregnancy and birth of a child, a faith community can be invaluable in celebrating it with you.
- Increased and Open Communication
At the heart of each of these benefits is a deepened communication between couples who are open and active in their faith. Couples sharing the similar core values and guided by the shared principles can build a strong marriage.
These are just some of the many factors to consider when preparing for marriage. Although Online Marriage Preparation offers resources for couples who are faith-based, the resources for non faith-based couples can be invaluable in making it easy for couples to have the in-depth conversations that will lead them to a stronger marriage. Visit our course selection today.