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by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘Live joyfully with the wife whom you love…’ Ecclesiastes 9:9 NKJV
Men and women often speak a different language. Men tend to be physical while women tend to be more verbal. Sometimes a wife’s memory for details can make her husband wonder if he’s losing his mind. And when you don’t understand each other it can feel like you’re living in the Tower of Babel. That’s the place in the Old Testament where families were divided because they couldn’t understand each other’s language, all progress stopped and confusion reigned. Before that happens, here are a few basics you need to weave into your daily communication. First, start by asking your partner to share why they do what they do, and say what they say. Study their methods of communication, and try to explain yours. In many instances you’ll be surprised, if not shocked. You may be saying one thing while your mate is hearing something entirely different. Second, men tend to avoid confrontation, so cornering and interrogating your husband may bring you the opposite result to what you want. Solomon said, ‘It is better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, than in a house shared with a contentious woman.’ (Proverbs 25:24 NKJV) The goal is to win your mate over, not win the argument. Finally, the Bible says, ‘…God…creates new things out of nothing.’ (Romans 4:17 NLT) The love you planned to show once your partner has changed, show it now, be patient, and watch things improve. Grace can transform your Tower of Babel into a home of love and unity. Ask God, He’ll show you how!

SoulFood: 1 Sam 4-7, Luke 23:13-25, Ps 52, Pr 21:17

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