Contentment in Marriage Genesis 2:18

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					  Contentment in Marriage
             Genesis 2:18

I. God Intends Contentment.
A. Husbands to live contently with their
  wife. (Proverbs 5:15-20; Colossians
  3:19).
B. Wives to learn to be content with
  their husband. (Prov 31:10-12,18 & 27-
  28; Ephesians 5:22-24; Titus 2:3-5).
  Contentment in Marriage
            Genesis 2:18

I. God Intends Contentment.
C. “What Causes Discontentment?”
    • The Entertainment Industry.
 • A Wealthy Society (I Tim 5:3-16).
     • The Feminist Movement
           • Selfishness
   Contentment in Marriage
              Genesis 2:18

II. What is Contentment?
A. It is not acceptance with no desire for
  improvement (Heb 10:23-24). Not by…
            • Bitterness (Col 3:19)
          • Nagging (Prov 27:15,16)
   • Unfavorable Comparison (Eph 4:29).
   • Withholding Intimacy (I Cor 7:3-5, 2).
   • Destroying Influence (I Cor 7:33,34).
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1. Smile or say yes when it’s not expected.
2. Offer positive suggestions, but avoid
  criticism, argument, blaming or bringing
  up past mistakes.
3. Celebrate everyday things with
  unplanned surprises, and break some old
  routines.
4. Recognize their feelings, needs and be
  helpful.
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5. Avoid toxic “trigger words” that start
  arguments.
6. Respect their wishes, sensitivities
  and privacy.
7. Send surprise fun cards, flowers,
  gifts, etc.
8. Find ways to be pleasant, cheerful
  and agreeable.
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9. Instead of changing someone change
  your attitude or actions, accept them
  “as-is.”
10. Don’t struggle over things you can’t
  change.
11. Showing trust and forgiveness is a
  key to happiness.
12. Communicate and share thoughts,
  dreams and feelings.
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13. Show affection and romance daily in
  different ways.
14. Avoid discussing problems if you’re
  tired or it’s late.
15. Try not to control or change anyone.
16. Take time to be patient. Listen
  more.
17. Leave little notes to express your
  feelings.
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19. Turn off the TV and have
  discussions or family meetings.
20. Avoid name-calling or saying “I told
  you so”.
21. Anger is painful, so never go to
  sleep mad. Call a truce, apologize, or
  forgive and accept.
22. Encourage their interests, growth
  and individuality.
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23. Praise them to family and friends
  and others.
24. Keep breathing space between you
  and relatives.
25. Discuss money matters in advance,
  share spending responsibilities, and
  give each one pocket money.
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26. Give them a day off, or free
  personal time.
27. Avoid talking about past loves or
  relationships.
28. Families and relationships run on
  cooperation.
29. Ask about their day, then tell about
  yours.
                   - from The Listening Center
   Contentment in Marriage
              Genesis 2:18

II. What is Contentment?
A. It is not acceptance with no desire for
  improvement (Heb 10:23-24; Col 3:19;
  Prov 27:15,16; Eph 4:29; I Cor 7:3-5 & 2;
  7:33,34).
B. It is cheerful adaptation to a situation
  even if it cannot be changed
  (Philippians 4:10-13).
   Contentment in Marriage
              Genesis 2:18

II. What is Contentment?
C. Practicing Contentment.
 1. Avoid being critical of your companion
    (Matthew 7:1).
 2. Consider your own faults and work on
    improving yourself (Matthew 7:3-6).
 3. Treat your mate as you want them to
    treat you (Matthew 7:12).
   Contentment in Marriage
              Genesis 2:18

Conclusion:
A. It May Be Difficult to be…
  1. A good wife to an undeserving husband
      (Ephesians 5:22).
  2. A good husband to an undesrving wife
      (I Peter 3:7; Matthew 18:32-35).
B. Consider the alternatives!
  1. Divorce? (Malachi 2:16; Matthew 19:9).
  2. Constant conflict? (Romans 12:18).

				
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