How Should Godly Husbands and Wives 'Help' Each Other?
Ultimately, the strife between men and women, between mankind and its sinful nature, can only be reconciled through Jesus Christ. A wife on her own cannot make a marriage work, nor can it work if only the husband is trying. If both spouses strive to be more Christ-like, then they will take on more of His characteristics such as love, kindness, and patience.
No relationship and no marriage will be perfect because we live in a fallen world, but couples in a loving marriage can lean on the Lord for guidance. Both spouses should be available for one another, and strive to understand the other. Healthy marriages are the responsibility of both partners, both individuals coming together to honor God with their lives and support one another.
Christian marriage is meant to show the love between Christ and His church to a fallen world; the key is that the husband and wife submit to their Savior first, and then seek one another out in the love of God to build a strong relationship, and help one another.
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