Hi again, friends,
One of the holy reflections of marriage is that it likens a couple more to Christ. A godly marriage is a beautiful pursuit if it forms your character more into that of God. Here are several ways to sharpen your partner in marriage and keep your marriage strong.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” —Proverbs 17:17
1. Humble Criticism
You have married your best friend, and so a friend sharpens a friend in a humble, loving way. What are your partner’s faults? Their failures? A spouse should never belittle or judge them into shame; instead, a partner lovingly tells them that putting such things away would better their souls for the kingdom of God. Though we are human, and it’s hard to decipher unnecessary harsh words from humble criticism, it’s imperative that we understand our partner and be unafraid to question their intent. It says as iron sharpens iron, so you are both strong and should attempt to help each other grow, learn and improve throughout your lives. Be sure to use gentleness in your approach; there is always a way around harshness and hurtful words.
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” —Proverbs 15:1
2. Direct Honesty
It’s imperative to not be afraid to tell your partner simply how it is; tell them straight out without any dancing around the subject. Sometimes directness is needed. If we’re afraid to tell our spouses something they did that could have been avoided, then we will live in the constant state of “If I judge you, you’ll judge me” mentality, and that is entirely unbiblical…
Read the full article at https://www.christianmingle.com/believe/husband-wife-sharpen-one-another/#7Bep8OJW4HPRXroL.99
Love and bear with one another,