Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.
Barnett R. Brickner
When you begin writing a blog, you instantly become a member of a brand new club where you are given the opportunity of meeting thousands and thousands of new colleagues and friends. It is something I am embracing with each comment to my posts I moderate and each new follower I am lucky enough to find that wants to subscribe to my postings every day. “Keziah28”, who publishes a blog here on wordpress (http://kezi.wordpress.com/) is one of those kindred spirits that are somehow other directed into our lives. Her blogs are wonderful, based on specific scripture passages that embrace the idea she is looking to impart for the particular post she is scripting. I discovered one of her gems which I just have to share with you all. The title says it all and although we really need to credit the Almighty for His inspired verses, Kezi is the genius who managed to combine their message into one cohesive group. I did include the bible verses quoted here from the Contemporary English Version (CEV) of the Bible!
TEN BIBLICAL RULES FOR A HAPPY MARRIAGE!
1. Never bring up mistakes of the past.
Jesus said: Don’t judge others, and God won’t judge you. Don’t be hard on others, and God won’t be hard on you. Forgive others, and God will forgive you.
2. Neglect the whole world rather than each other.
What will you gain, if you own the whole world but destroy yourself?
3. Never go to sleep with an argument unsettled.
Don’t get so angry that you sin. Don’t go to bed angry
4. At least once a day, say something complimentary to your spouse.
Kind words are good medicine, but deceitful words can really hurt.
5. Never meet without an affectionate welcome.
Kiss me tenderly! Your love is better than wine,
Song of Solomon 1:2
6. “For richer or poorer”- rejoice in every moment that God has given you together.
A simple meal with love is better than a feast where there is hatred.
7. If you have a choice between making yourself or your mate look good, choose your mate.
Do all you can for everyone who deserves your help
8. If they’re breathing, your mate will eventually offend you. Learn to forgive.
So be careful what you do. Correct any followers of mine who sin, and forgive the ones who say they are sorry. Even if one of them mistreats you seven times in one day and says, “I am sorry,” you should still forgive that person
9. Don’t use faith, the Bible or God as a hammer.
1God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them!
10. Let love be your guidepost.
Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5
My dear friends, we must love each other. Love comes from God, and when we love each other, it shows that we have been given new life. We are now God’s children, and we know him. God is love, and anyone who doesn’t love others has never known him.
1 John 4: 7-8 CEV
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