We’ve all been there. We have a fight with our spouse that leaves us feeling frustrated, hurt, and unheard. Our natural reaction could be to shut down, or perhaps, to lash out. Neither of these extremes are helpful. In fact, they are damaging to our marriage.
Below are 3 things you can do to extend the grace that you, yourself, would like to receive.
- Two wrongs don’t make a right. We’ve all heard this before, but it remains true! Just because your spouse has hurt you, you do not have the biblical freedom to return the hurtful behavior.
- Kindness goes a long way. Proverbs 15:1 says that a gentle answer turns away wrath. It will feel very unnatural at first, but in your moment of frustration or hurt, speaking a kind word instead of a hurtful word will help diffuse the situation.
- Do your part, not God’s. Your responsibility is to obey the Word of God. Once you have offered kindness, you must put your spouse’s behavior and reaction in God’s hands. God sees and honors your obedience.
Following these guidelines has the ability to change the way you and your spouse communicate and, therefore, the atmosphere of your home. Obedience to God’s word always produces results!
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