How well do you watch your words when you’re around your children, your friends? Do they hear you talk down to your spouse? Do they hear you react to a request or question? If so, you’re like the majority of other parents. We are sinners after all, but…
What you do after such situations is what determines your maturity level.
If you do nothing, you are missing a great opportunity to grow in maturity and to set a godly example on how to train your children to deal with conflict. The next obvious question is how do you handle it?
It’s simple, but easily missed. The answer is to be quick to apologize. Not just say, I’m sorry! But to sincerely tell your spouse you don’t want to be this way. That you want to change and learn to guard your tongue in an effort to honor them and glorify God. Better yet, follow up this apology with another one to your children or to your friends. When they see you’re serious about it, they’ll take notice. You may not ever hear it in words, but the next time they talk down to their spouse, it’s likely they’ll remember your example.
Let’s start a new trend of being the first to apologize.
Let’s commit in the New Year to changing our normal way of doing things. Let’s purpose to grow in maturity and godliness in 2014. Let’s humbly ask God to help us in ways we haven’t been able to help ourselves. Nothing is impossible with Him. He loves to make His name great by changing us in ways we could never change on our own. If we do, God will be glorified, and our marriage will benefit greatly from it.
Happy New Year to you and your spouse. ♥
NOTE: If you’re looking for ways to bless your spouse on this last day of 2013, be sure to check out our Romantic New Year’s Ideas under the Only Husband/Wives tabs at the top of the page.