And two more marriage commandments…
7. Thou Shalt Change Yourself First Change. Very few people even like the word. It conjures thoughts of having to give in, give up or surrender to the will of another. Or, our thinking might go something like this, “If I change first, then he/she will change and that’s what I’m really after.” It doesn’t work that way. We change because God is asking us to change, showing us a deficit in our life. We change because it’s best for our relationship. However, if we change solely based upon what another desires, it will not be a lasting change. We change because we are motivated for our own reasons to make that change. Otherwise, in the end, we will resent the one requiring change from us. Growing up, growing closer as a couple and growing closer to God requires our openness to change for the better. As I take responsibility for personal change, my marriage will change.
8. Thou Shalt Ask God Rather Than Fight Learning this one can take years of marriage practice. Once again, it’s connected to prayer, but not at first. All too frequently, early on in marriage, we ‘know’ that we’re right. And, if we’re right our spouse is wrong. And, if our spouse is wrong we win the fight, right? Wrong! If one of us loses, we both lose. Why? Because we are one. If we’re one in spirit then it’s no longer you against me, but us. In other words, Steve is Mary and Mary is Steve. Only one person came back down the aisle after you spoke your vows. If you are fighting and arguing to win, then you are losing. James chapter four and verse one begins by asking a question. That amazing question is, “What causes fights and quarrels among you?” Fortunately, James provides an answer. He wisely says, “You do not have because you do not ask God.” Is it really that simple? The choice is ours, fighting and arguing or praying and agreement.
2 thoughts on “The Ten Commandments of Marriage IV”
Do you think that by praying about an issue, one spouse will change their mind and then the two will agree?
Or do you mean by agreement that they will just agree to disagree/compromise?
As to your first question, sometimes, yes. And to your second question, sometimes, yes. More so, however, what I really mean is that when we each pray our heart with one another over a matter we’ll find that a ‘prayer of agreement’ is praying together toward a solution from God. Matthew 18:19 says that if any two will pray and agree…