This article on marriage is worth a read – here are a few highlights from the author.
“I recently asked one of the elders of our church this question, “If you were choosing one factor that is most crucial in strengthening a marriage, what would it be?” He and his wife regularly do “crisis” marriage counseling with couples seeking help and on the verge of divorce. The response: “Bear one another’s burdens—learn to be a good listener, pray for your spouse, and communicate that you really care.” Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But even with the best of intentions, practicing this requires good communication skills.
Here are some scriptures from the post:
“An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” (Prov 12:25)
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Prov 15:1)
The author comments: “Advice about our speech not only emphasizes its content, but timing as well.”
“A man finds joy in giving an apt reply; and how good is a timely word” (Prov 15:23)
“He who answers before listening—that is his folly and his shame.” (Prov 18:13)
This week – I pray my words to my wife are aligned with these verses as well as to the people I meet. Also prayers to others married or getting married…especially those who are having challenges…may we all turn our relationships over to God for guidance.