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The Best Advice

The best marriage advice is something you can put into practice and see immediate, positive results. In premarital counseling, we were told, “Be polite to one another.” Don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you,” no matter how small the task. Words cannot describe how much this has helped my husband and I in our marriage. It diffuses anger in difficult situations and makes the good times even sweeter. Why? Because it’s really hard to be angry with someone who is nice to you. Being polite is easy to do, it’s foolish not to try it. Politeness signifies humility and humility is the pathway to peace.

Jesus’ great commandment to believers is “Love one another.” Romans tells us to “outdo one another in showing honor.” Galatians explains that true freedom is loving one another through service. Our sinful nature thinks true freedom is doing whatever we want, regardless of the impact on others. In Christ, we are no longer bound to the sinful nature and its desires. So true freedom becomes sacrificially loving others. Loving others as Jesus commands is good for them and good for us. It shows we are truly His disciples. Being polite to your spouse is just one way of sacrificially loving him. There is no limit to how you can love your spouse. Be creative. Outdo one another.

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