Ever wonder why you and your spouse fight? The relationship started out so beautiful, loving and fun. Then marriage, kids and bills became the norm. Somewhere in the mix you’ve added wedges and now you’re just stuck in a rut of constant spinning and fighting. What happened?
Who’s To Blame
We want to place blame. “Well, he did or said this or that”. “He knows me and knows how to push my buttons”. “He doesn’t seem to care anymore so why should I?” The blame game is lame ladies.
I can tell you from experience that the answer is very simple. … SELFISHNESS.
I’ve been married for over 20 years now and because I am basically an only child and very independent, I can be selfish in my marriage.
My husband had preconceived ideas about marriage and raising children, so he too can be very selfish in our marriage.
The cool thing here is I have God’s word to back me up on this. So if I’ve already got you thinking that you’re not selfish in your marriage and that I am wrong on this one, check out James 4:1-2.
“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God”. NIV. See? Selfishness. What causes these quarrels? YOUR desires.
Now these verses aren’t specifically about marriage relationships of course, but the point is very clear. We fight because we do not get what we want. We want our man to help out. We may ask him to take out the trash, fold the laundry or even bathe the baby, but he gets sidetracked. He’s tired and falls asleep on the sofa. And we get MAD. Or we don’t even bother to ask him for help. Instead we stew in our frustration, because he has eyes. He can see the trash is overflowing. He should just take it out. We shouldn’t have to ask. So we get MAD. We put a wedge between us and our guy. Next thing he knows, his lady is torched at him and he has no idea why. He figures she’s PMSy and puts a wedge between her and him. Eventually we have a fight going. It can be a mess.
If we don’t fight fair and use our minds instead of our emotions those wedges just keep getting bigger and no one wins. Well actually someone wins … The enemy. He wins.
1Peter 4:8 “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
If we allow the wedges between us and our spouses to get bigger, the enemy wins. The more he can separate us from our man and God the faster he will devour our marriage.
How Do We STOP
So why do we fight? Simple, we are selfish. Our man is selfish. The bigger question is how do we stop this fighting?
We must recognize first that we are being selfish. We may think we are in the right, but in reality we are mad for a reason. Think about your last fight. Why were you fighting? Where you being selfish? You wanted something to happen, what was it? Were you protecting or justifying a behavior? What was it?
Once you figure that out, you’ve got to decide what is most important in your marriage. Maybe this will require a heart to heart with your spouse. Sometimes ya just gotta express your expectations to each other.
Jeff and I haven’t really had a “fight” in 2 years. We have however had plenty of heart to hearts. Even late night ones. It’s been a long rebuilding process, but it has been totally worth it. Our marriage is better than ever.
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving,considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
Here’s Some Help
There are a few techniques we use to keep from fighting.
- Pray before a discussion. Ask for Wisdom.
- Keep the other persons best interest at heart. Not your own interests. (This is HUGE!!)
- Talk about things right away. Don’t wait, that builds walls.
- In the middle of a discussion, if tension is rising, imagine Jesus is standing behind your man looking at you.
- Repeat what you heard to be sure you understand what the other person is trying to say.
- LISTEN to your spouse. Hear what he says. Don’t just think of your next comment. (This one is tough)
- Keep NO record of wrongs. (This one is tough too)
- Spend quality time together.
- Pray together.
- Do devotions or a bible study together.
And most of all love one another as Christ loves you.
John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
How do you keep from fighting with your spouse? Do you use any of these techniques? Leave your answer in the “Leave Reply” link above this post.