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22, July 2018

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Marriage: it takes two

‘Each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself and the wife must respect her husband.’ Ephesians 5:33 NIV

A woman went away on a long weekend retreat. Halfway through the final Monday morning session she suddenly jumped to her feet and left the room. Concerned, a friend followed her to see what had made her leave the meeting so abruptly. She found the woman hanging up a telephone in the lobby. ‘Is everything all right?’ she asked urgently. ‘Oh, yes,’ the woman responded sheepishly. ‘I didn’t mean to alarm you, but I suddenly remembered that it’s Monday morning bin day.’ Her friend replied, ‘Bin day? Isn’t your husband at home?’ ‘Yes,’ replied the woman, ‘but it takes two of us to put out the bin. I can’t carry it, and he can’t remember it!’ The secret of a good marriage lies in learning how to live and work together. And here are ten suggestions to help you accomplish that goal:

(1) Agree to pray together daily.

(2) Find something good to say about each other every day.

(3) Don’t forget to snuggle.

(4) Think of yourselves as a team—not just a couple.

(5) Respect your differences.

(6) Eat at least one meal together each day.

(7) Submit your disagreements to God.

(8) Develop a strong sense of humour.

(9) Identify ‘your special place’, and ‘your special song’.

(10) Reminisce together.

Ironically, the number one reason given for divorce today is ‘incompatibility’. Well, guess what? You are supposed to be different! When two people with different gifts decide to love one another and listen to one another, their differences can become a source of strength rather than a source of weakness. Marriage: it takes two!

SoulFood: Mt 5:9, Rom 12:17–21, Jas 3:17–18, Matt 26:51–52

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018

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