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Scripture

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:17

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Today is the fourth of a series of five prayers leading up to Marriage Week.

I love the fact that my husband is such friendly, spontaneous person. It drives me mad though that he is so ‘last-minute’ whereas I like to plan.

He is also a very generous ‘giver’ although can make rash purchases and, in my opinion, spend a little too much on some ‘vital’ gadget or other. I am very careful about what I spend.

Sometimes our differences cause irritation. I think he could say I am a bit inflexible at times and even a little mean. However, my lovely husband has actually pointed out that without our differences we would often be late and quite possibly spend our money unwisely and together we make a great team!

Reflect together on your differences. Which ones are a source of irritation and which make you a better team?

You may like to look at this or even previous week’s short Bible reflections for couples which are available as free downloads.

Prayer (as a couple)

Father God, we want to thank you made us different – as men and women and also in our personalities, experiences and preferences. We pray that we learn to manage those differences positively. Help us to use them to ‘sharpen’ each other’s attitudes and behavior to make us into a stronger marriage team.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Prayer (for others)

Father God, we pray for … and … Please help them to learn to appreciate each other’s differences. Help them to manage their differences positively and grow a stronger marriage team rather than letting those differences divide them. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Final Quote

“Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can’t sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can’t sleep with the window open.”  George Bernard Shaw

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