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What Happy Couples Know: Part Five

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What Happy Couples Know: Part Five

Mike Popenhagen

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Malachi 2:10, 13-16
10 Do we not all have one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our ancestors by being unfaithful to one another? 

13 Another thing you do: You flood the Lord’s altar with tears. You weep and wail because he no longer looks with favor on your offerings or accepts them with pleasure from your hands. 14 You ask, “Why?” It is because the Lord is the witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant.  15 Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit. And what does the one God seek? Godly offspring. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth. 16 “The man who hates and divorces his wife,” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “does violence to the one he should protect,” says the Lord Almighty. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful.

4 Essentials to Guard Your Marriage:
1.  God must be our source for our deepest need, not our spouse.
2.  Know each other’s love language.
3.  Keep your intimacy alive.
4.  Have appropriate boundaries with the opposite sex

How to handle your frustrations and anger righteously:

1.  Know when not to fight

2.  Don’t allow your frustration or anger build up.

Ephesians 4:26 
In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,  and do not give the devil a foothold. 

3.  Stay calm and choose your words carefully.

Proverbs 18:21

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.  

4.  Listen with empathy.  

James 1:19
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.  

5.  Ask for and extend forgiveness.  

Colossians 3:13
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 

6.    Come up with an agreed solution and act on it.