Ingredient #3 – Compromise
One of the things that need to exist in a sound marriage is the ability to compromise on matters of disagreement.
By definition, compromise is an “agreement or a settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions” (Web Definition). Webster defines a compromise as a “settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions”.
Compromise can only be reached if both sides are willing to “give in” a little so an agreement can be reached. This takes humility and a desire to be in one accord.
Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:5 that “Love does not seek its own.” The Living Bible translates it as “Love does not demand its own way…”
We should ask ourselves the questions, “Do I always have to be right?” and “Do I always have to get my way?”
Married couples will have their differences. The greater the differences there are in marriage, the greater the potential for spiritual growth and spiritual greatness.
A sound marriage will require the living out of 1 Corinthians 13:5, which, by the way, is the love chapter in the Bible.
Something to think about…