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Text:

“Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” - Romans 14:19.

Comment:

Since most of the problems in a marriage are communication problems, then it certainly should not be too difficult to get the marriage partners on a corrective path towards resolving those problems. As Christians, we must be willing to make sacrifices for peace, as St. Paul enjoins in the text for today. However, communication problems will take more time to resolve for couples who never communicated well with their families when they were growing up.  We would encourage couples like this to be patient.  However, the expense and effort will certainly be worth it in the long run. Other steps we should note in achieving proper communication are that couples should remove the words “divorce” or “separation” from their minds and vocabulary (1 Corinthians 7:10, 11, Malachi 2:16); make it their goal to please each other; be tolerant and forgiving; (Colossians 3:12-14, Matthew 6:14;15); worship together; seek peace always (Colossians 3:15, Hebrews 12:14 Romans 14:19); and pray together.- Luke 18:1; Matthew 21:21,22.

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