Monday, January 23, 2012

Kinder, Gentler Marriages

By Travis L. Quertermous

    The famous British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was once accosted by a woman. “Mr. Churchill,” she shouted, “If you were my husband, I would poison your soup!”
    Churchill didn’t miss a beat. “Madam,” he replied, “If you were my wife, I would drink the soup!” Though a funny story, it also illustrates one of the biggest problems in many marriages and families, and that is the utter lack of respect, kindness, and gentleness. The apostle Paul wrote, “Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband” (Eph. 5:33). Also, the apostle Peter taught, “Likewise you husbands, dwell with them with understanding, giving  honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered” (1 Peter 3:7).
     Think for a moment how much arguing and abuse would stop at home if more spouses practiced those two simple verses of Scripture! Let us all resolve to treat our mates with greater respect and kindness.

- Travis L. Quertermous preaches for the church of Christ in Dexter, MO.  He may be contacted through the congregation's website:

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