Someone needs to call 9-1-1 because there are marriages that need some serious help. Perhaps you are in one of those marriages, or you know someone who is. This might not be for you specifically right now, but it might be useful later, or you can pass it along to someone who might benefit from it.
Where’s the Kindness?
It’s astounding the number of couples I’ve encountered recently who just don’t treat each other very kindly. (At times that includes the man I see in the mirror.)
The wisdom of the Bible offers some guidance in our relationships with others that we would be wise to apply:
And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.
Eph 4:32 (HCSB)
· Be Kind in Words and Actions
· Be Kind by being moved and responding
· Be Kind by forgiving
Take this Home With You Before You Start a Fight:
A gentle answer turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath. Prov 15:1 (HCSB)
Right on Brother,
Love, according to God’s definition, is not primarily a feeling, but an action. Kindess is a an action.
Biblical love is not the victim of one’s emotions, but the servant of one’s will.
Marriages are predicated, consequently, on each partners pledge to commit themselves to act toward the other in a certain way, the way God’s word calls “love.”
Even if the warm fuzzies of romance are absent; even when the novelty of the relationship has lapsed into the familiar; even when the initial emotional intensity has leveled off,
a couple can still cultivate a loving, satisfying, and God-honoring relationship that is based on a mutual commitment to the other’s welfare and obedience to the word of God.
In fact, that is the marital ideal, according to the Bible.
Act. Commit. Be Loving.