We have discovered in our series on "How To Have A Happy Home" that such a home possesses four awesome qualities: Leadership, Involvement, Security, and Relationships. Today lets look at Relationships. If your home is to be an enjoyable one then you must develop Relationships In The Home. Lets begin by looking at the first of three Relationships that every home needs. (1) The Relationship Be-tween Husband and Wife. Ephesians 5:33 states that, "Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband". This verse gives us two important ingredients that are essential for the relationship between husband and wife: love and respect. I find it interesting that Ephesians 5 does not command that the wife love her husband. The passage strongly demands that the husband love his wife even as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself for it. If a husband loves his wife he not only brings joy to her, but he also honors God in the process. However, I sincerely believe that the wife's love for her husband is defiantly implied in the text. Without love there will never be a strong and vibrant relationship between the husband the wife. Love is the foundation of the home. It is the binding force that holds every-thing together. It is the live blood of any marital relationship. Love enables one to overlook the faults and short comings of the other partner. As I Peter 4:8 states, "Love shall cover the multitude of sins". I would suggest that you carefully read I Corinthians 13 to gain a working knowledge of God's concept of love. Love will enable you to build a stronger and more stable relationship in your marriage. The second ingredient for Relationships Between Husband and Wife is respect. There must be mutual respect for each other in the marital relationship. The husband and wife are to put each other on a pedestal. They should admire each other, speak well of each other, and honor each other. You must always build each other up and never seek to destroy each other. Respect goes a long way toward making the marriage an enjoyable one and an enduring one as well. Of course, for one to be respected he or she must be respectable. You must often express verbally and meaningfully your love and respect for each other. Remember, if you would have a happy home then you must work very hard on building a strong Relationship Between Husband and Wife.
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