Ever try to change your spouse? Stephen Covey said “Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be, and he will become as he can and should be.” If we aren’t careful, we slip into patterns of thinking our way is superior instead of remembering God designed our differences for His higher purpose. Together we are more complete.

God desires us to believe the best about one another. So, when the world portrays husbands as aloof and wives as controlling, we must make a choice. We can adopt the world’s pattern of complaining or embrace God’s plan to of speaking life over one another.

This Week’s Scripture

Mark 3: 24-25

This Week’s Application

Read Mark 3:24-25. How do our differences better equip us to fulfill God’s purpose for our marriage? Share ideas to the following thoughts. (Remember keep your thoughts on how you want to grow, personally. Don’t impose ideas on how your spouse needs to grow.) How can I better welcome our differences, even celebrate them? What do I admire most about my spouse? What practical ways can I better demonstrate love and respect to my spouse? This week, practice surrendering your beliefs, and habits of speech, by writing down two or three qualities you admire about one another and share them aloud, daily, together.

This Week’s Prayer

Father, change in each one of us the things YOU want changed. Help us to truly celebrate one another and welcome one another’s differences and perspectives in our marriage. Help us build a unified, purpose-focused, marriage.