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Happily ever after #4 communication and conflict

Communication and conflict are two key pressure points in marriage.
We’ve talked a lot about being ‘happily ever after’ – whether married, single, divorced, separated, …We started in Philippians 2:3-5
3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,…
There Paul teaches the keys to marital success: firstly, a meaningful relationship to Jesus Christ (vv 1,5); and secondly, a measured relationship to each other (vv 2-4).
Last week Paul spoke into the subject of singles from 1 Corinthians 7. While he mentions that those who marry “do well”, he insists that “he who refrains from marriage will do even better” (vv. 37-38).
In this message the subject is from a selection of Scriptures addresses two key pressure point in marriage; communication and conflict.
“It takes two to speak the truth…one to speak and another to hear.”—Henry David Thoreau
“It is a luxury to be understood.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
Colossians 3:16-17 (ESV) 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Communicate from a position of spiritual fullness – Col 3:16
Honour God in your communication – Col 3:17