How can we train ourselves to value our spouse?
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It is easy to focus on the aggravations, annoyances, and behaviors that frustrate or anger us in marriage. This can cause us to lose sight of the significant gifts of kindness and service our spouse gives us every day. If our attitude is critical or negative, we will miss much of the joy of married life. Rachael Philips, in her article for Kyria's Marriage Partnership, suggests we should learn to appreciate the “daily behind-the-scenes good deeds of unsung spouses.”
Why is it easier to criticize than encourage our spouse? How does negativity and criticism damage a marriage? How can a heart of appreciation deepen and strengthen a marriage? This study will explore how to train our hearts and minds to be thankful for our spouse.
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Ruth 2:4–20, 4:13–17; 2 Corinthians 10:3–5; Galatians 5:13–26; Ephesians 4:25–5:2; Philippians 2:1–11; 1 Thessalonians 5:12–18
Identify the Current Issue
Discover the Eternal Principles
Teaching point one: Mutual respect and admiration are the results of godly character and sacrificial love in marriage.
Teaching point two: When our marriage is a reflection of Christ’s love, sacrifice, service, and humility, God is glorified and we are unified.
Teaching point three: We have the power, in the Holy Spirit, to destroy the strongholds in our marriage that produce destructive attitudes and behaviors.
Teaching point four: An attitude of respect, appreciation, and thanksgiving for our spouse pleases God and strengthens our marriage.
Apply Your Findings
ARTICLE FROM Kyria's Marriage Partnership.
It’s the Little Things That Count, by Rachael Phillips (Fall 2003, 12 printed pages)
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