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We work together as partners who belong to God. 1 Corinthians 3.9a (NLT) Comment These days we tend to associate the word Partner with co-habitating couples.  However, partner is a lovely word describing working together/sharing responsibilities each with a ‘part’ to play.  (Personally I like it much better than spouse!). In business, often partners are formed when two people come...

Live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing (win a prize). 1 Peter 3:8 (winds in bracket mine) Comment I have seen marriage likened to a three...

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 Submit to one another out of reference for Christ. Ephesians 5.21 Comment “Men can’t see dust” according to one author. If I’m in any way typical that might be related to lack of motivation to do...

“A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11 NIV Comment When some people compliment me I often ignore it. I think – ‘well they would say that’. However when a closer friend says the same I might pay more attention. When my partner eyeballs me and affirms and encourages me it goes deep....

A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.  Proverbs 15:1 Comment How would you rate your communication? Excellent/Poor/Could do better? One thing we are not good at is passing on messages to each other.  Last night I forgot to tell my husband to pick up our daughter 15 minutes earlier than usual.  She wasn’t very happy and...

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” 2 Timothy 3:16 NIV Comment I read with interest an article in the Times titled ‘Marriage Masterclass’ written by a journalist (who states he’s an atheist) about the Marriage Course which he attended. It was clearly a good and life changing experience. He writes “I can...

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Jesus said ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’. Mark 12:31 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 Comment I have been unwell this week but my husband gets full marks for sympathy and practical caring. He sits and talks to me, gives me paracetamol, tea and interesting reading material. He cooks and reassures...

“He mocks proud mockers and gives grace to the humble” Proverbs 4:34 Comment God hates pride and loves humility. In today’s world humility is likened to being weak. The trouble with pride is that it makes ‘me’ the centre of my life. Humility is part of the character of God, God wants us to be humble and it’s even the...

Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tender hearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will...

‘Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.  Your people will be my people and your God my God.  Where you die I will die and there I will be buried.’  Ruth 1:16,17 Comment Although Ruth’s promise is not made to her husband but her mother-in-law, I imagine she repeated similar words to Boaz –...