You can begin to find hope in your marriage by opening up the New Testament and reading God’s Word. Reading Scripture is important to finding the hope God wants to give because His Word guides us to change our behavior, which will then change our marriage. Paul explained the power of God’s Word to give hope when he said, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4). The Bible will give us comfort and instruction we need related to the specific behaviors and attitudes that must change. As you follow God’s commands, He will naturally give you hope. You will see the beneficial changes in your own life and then in your relationship.

Some couples give up entirely and seek separation, even divorce when despair sets in. It’s critical that you find hope and encourage your spouse to become more hopeful. If your marriage is in a difficult place, you are battling over a never-ending list of conflicts or sensing distance between you and your spouse, the hope to resolve this brokenness and pain comes directly from God. If you pray earnestly not only alone, but also with your spouse for the restoration of your relationship, you will be well on your way to marital breakthrough.