JJUST A THOUGHT

The Covington News - - Religion -

Mar­riage is hard work. It doesn’t al­ways feel like work, but let’s be hon­est, ev­ery cou­ple ex­pe­ri­ences tough times. So, here are a few things to con­sider: first, be­ing dif­fer­ent is OK. Af­ter all, you are two “in­di­vid­u­als.” If you were both the same, one of you wouldn’t be nec­es­sary. Use your dif­fer­ence to your ad­van­tage by be­ing one an­other’s com­pleters. Sec­ond, wives are to love and give honor to their hus­bands and hus­bands are to sac­ri­fi­cially love and lead their wives. Stop telling your spouse about their role and do a scrip­tural study of your own role. Then, seek to be the best at that. You’ll be amazed at the im­pact it has on your spouse as well. Third, learn the ef­fec­tive­ness of good tim­ing. There is a time and sea­son for ev­ery­thing. There is a time to speak up and a time to be silent. There is a time to dis­cuss an is­sue and a time to wait un­til later. Fourth, learn the dif­fer­ence be­tween criticism and re­al­ity. Learn the dif­fer­ence be­tween ex­press­ing true feel­ings and sar­casm. This is not re­ally that hard — if you’ll check your true mo­tives be­fore you en­gage your mouth. Fi­nally, God hon­ors the hus­band and the wife who honor their hus­band or wife. Mar­riage doesn’t al­ways “feel” like work — but it takes the 100 per­cent com­mit­ment and hard work of both part­ners to make a great mar­riage. “Sub­mit to one an­other out of rev­er­ence for Christ.” (Eph­e­sians 5:21) Now let’s go to work, shall we?

Dr. Wil­liam Burn­ham is a pas­tor at Point of Grace Church in Cov­ing­ton. He can be reached at burn­hamw@char­ter.net.

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