After the wedding bells!

Unfortunately, this beautiful God-given arrangement – marriage – has in too many cases been so cheapened and abused that it bears little resemblance to God’s beautiful plan.
Many married couples (and there are millions!) are fighting desperately to save their marriage. Divorce has acquired an unprecedented prevalence.
So is it even possible to find any solution to marital problems? It is. Believe. God, who designed marriage and the home, has also told us how to build it. “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain!” (Ps. 127,1).
If you once stand before the Judge of the whole world, then you will be absolutely alone before your God. Being married, however, you have to bear responsibility with eternal consequences for those who have been given to you through marriage.
A happy marriage is based on love. But it covers everything. We hear this word so often that we should take it apart and look at it in slow motion to understand how it works within the four walls of the home where we live with our husband, three children, limited income and many problems.
Love – it is goodness in its nature, caring for each other and kindness. It is believing in your spouse, instead of criticizing him, evaluating him, also in thoughts, and evaluating him in words. Five words – “I’m proud of you” – can and do wonders for a marriage partner! If you don’t believe, try it! Be sure to read 1 Cor. 13, 4-7.
Why is it that we have kind words for others throughout the day, but when we cross the threshold of our home, they remain behind the door? Someone has aptly said that “some Christians are washed, but not ironed!”
Don’t forget to say something nice to Sara! Know that great happiness consists of many small things, kind deeds.
How difficult it is to say such words in a moment of misunderstanding and tension: “I love you!” But they must be said. James wrote: “Confess your faults to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed!” (James 5:16).

Taimi Ploompuu

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