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War of the Roses (4 of 7)
Series: Desperate Households
Pastor Jeff Schreve
A husband and wife were not getting along very well. And they began to get into a big fight. And, as so often happens, the husband just clammed up. And then, the wife clammed up. And then, they were giving each other the silent treatment. And this went on hour after hour after hour. And they were both so stubborn and so prideful that neither one was going to break the silence.
Well, the husband realized, as he was getting ready to go to bed, that he had to be up in the morning early at 5:00 am. To catch a flight and he needed to ask his wife to wake him up, but he didn't want to break the silent treatment. So he wrote her a note, put it by her bedside, and said, "Please wake me up at 5:00 am. I have a flight in the morning." And he went to bed. Neither of them said a word. Went to bed.
He woke up the next morning, 8:00 in the morning. He missed his flight. He was so angry. His wife hadn't awakened him. He looked on his night stand and there was a note, and it said, "It's 5:00 am. Wake up!" They had a little bit of trouble in their marriage, a little bit of conflict.
Well, in our series, "Desperate Households," we want to look at "The War of the Roses," how do you handle difficulties and conflicts in marriage?
Now the brutal facts are this: In marriage, you're going to have conflict because you put two imperfect people together. As I told you this earlier she married a sinner, guys, and she married a bigger one. And you're just going to have trouble together. And there is not a marriage on earth that never has conflict. Hey, difficulties are going to come. But now, because that's inevitable, you have to learn how to manage conflict in, within your home and within your marriage. If you have unresolved conflict, that leads to disaster down the road and it can lead, as we've seen in so many lives, lead to divorce and to the destruction of a marriage.
Now the ...
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