September 28, 2015

Read Ephesians 5:21-28

When both people in a marriage are strong-willed, hardheaded and always right, it is very hard to relinquish ground when you do not agree – whether spiritual or otherwise. So what do you do? Do you give in and appear weak? Do you stand your ground and show just how strong you are (read: how right you are)? Do you give in just this once, under the condition that this is a one-time occurrence? Do you seek the opinion of your friends? After all, who knows you better than your friends? 

The answer should be simple, but not when you are angry at one another. If you were standing on the outside and looking in, your advice would be to fall on their knees together and ask their heavenly Father for forgiveness and guidance. 

So what do you do if you are a strong-willed, hardheaded and always right married couple, who find it hard to relinquish ground, regardless of how long you have been married? You start the day together in prayer, asking the Lord to guide you through the day as a couple and individually, to protect your marriage and each other from anything that would do harm, to find common ground in all matters, to find joy in each other and give thanks for the time you have together. After all, marriage is a gift from God and deserves great respect.