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By Stan L. Caldwell

Few things in a marriage are worse than jealousy. It destroys the heart of the relationship. This is probably the reason God allows divorce for the cause of fornication. What is there to build a family on when two people cannot trust one another with those of the opposite sex? Be mindful of your marriage. Don't put yourself in positions to break down the trust your mate has in you. All people can tell when they are attracted to others and when their mate feels pressure of thinking you are attracted to someone else. "Nip it in the bud", as the expression goes. Stop before you go too far. Not just sexually but in hurting your marriage! Do you remember the movie, "A Wonderful Life" with Jimmy Strewart? The policeman along with Jimmy and the taxi cab driver see a beautiful woman walking down the street and the policeman says, "I think I'll go home and see what the wife is doing"! Think about that! Turn your attention to your wife, love her with all your heart and body!

"A continual dripping on a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike", Proverbs 27:15. The passage in 1 Peter 3 that talks of a wife winner her husband to Christ is generally interpreted as meaning that by the godly manner of life of the woman, without nagging, the husband may be won to the Lord. Constant nagging is a weariness to the soul. Complaining and murmuring destroys contentment and happiness, as it did with the Israelites in the wilderness, 1 Cor. 10:10. I've never figured out why people put on a good face at work and make the best of their occupation and presentations before the world and then come home and act and speak as though there is no good thing under the sun, when home and family is the place where we really live and the main reason for our occupations. Surely you should have the happiness and good of your home as your priority in life! Nagging and constant criticism is not the solution to your problems in the home it may be a major cause of them.

Don't be disgruntled, dissatisfied, and disagreeable. Phil. 4:8 tells us to "think on these things". What kind of things are these: How bad life is? How much trouble you have? How many worries there are in life? How little money we have? What wicked people there are in life? These things are all possibilities for there are such things in life. Pessimists can dwell on these things and destroy all the happiness their marriage can have. But there are other things to dwell on. To every marriage there is good! Think of your first night together. Think of the children you have. Think of your love for one another and the years you have had together. Think of the passion, the care, the love you have shared. Think of the hope of togetherness yet in years to come. Think of the good days past. Be an optimist! "Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe: let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love", Proverbs 5:18-19. There is so much good in marriage; the companionship, love, care, activities, memories, hope, etc. How can you let this depart from your mind and "waller in the gutter" as a pessimist? Get out of the blues and make something out of your marriage, both of you: husband and wife!

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