Jason Wade, Pharmacist
READ 1 Peter 4:8
Life can be wonderful and full of blessings… and life can be hard and full of challenges. Marriage is no different. There will be laughter and happiness… and there will be tears and disappointment. At various times, we will need to confront sin… personally and with our spouse. When those times come, here are some things to consider.
1. Because we are fallen creatures, we can expect conflict in marriage.
2. There are many things in marriage that are not worth fighting about. 1 Pet 4:8 says that “Love conquers a multitude of sins.”
3. However, there are things that, over time, need to be addressed.
4. We have a responsibility to lovingly confront when issues are undermining our relationship.
5. When preparing to confront, consider the following:
- Examine your heart. Matthew 7:4
- Spend time in prayer.
- Check your motives.
- Choose your timing wisely.
6. When it’s time to confront, consider the following:
- Speak the truth in love. Ephesians 4:15
- Choose words carefully. Ephesians 4:29
We would all do well to choose to believe that conflict is common to all marriages… no one marriage is a “special case.” The goal is not to be conflict-free but to learn to handle conflict correctly when it occurs. We don’t need to discourage our spouse but we should seek to encourage them and be a blessing to them. We must be constantly working on our marriage to make it look like the Gospel. Trust God with your marriage. He designed it and He sustains it.
Father, thank You for my marriage. Remind me how You lovingly confront me with my sin when I need to confront my wife. Help me to love her like Christ loves the church. In Jesus’ name. Amen
The goal is not to be conflict-free but to learn to handle conflict correctly when it occurs. @Real_Momentum App