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TEXT : “Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!” - Luke 17:1

COMMENT: Every marriage has problems and challenges. Not that the marriage institution, as put in place by God, has anything wrong with it. Not at all. But it is the imperfect man who does not fully follow the divine instructions regarding this holy institution that is to blame. (Deuteronomy 32:4; Micah 6:6-8). In view of man’s imperfection, married couples should not expect perfection from each other, rather each should give room for human frailty when mistakes are noticed. Perfectly happy marriage is not possible for imperfect people to attain.

To successfully handle the problems of family disagreements, couples should be willing to admit mistakes, apologize and try to correct them. Their goal should be to achieve settlement, not to win arguments. The one at fault should humbly ask for forgiveness in a soft tone, and simply say: ’I AM SORRY’. (Proverbs 15:1) The partner offended should allow the true love which covers a multitude of sin to move him/her to kindly forgive the offender without postponement or delay. (1 Peter4:8; Ephesians 4:26) Jesus Christ the Saviour of mankind admonished: “Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent, thou shalt forgive him.”- Luke 17:3, 4. See also Galatians 6:1.

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