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Looking to the Interests of Others & the 50/50 Plan {Marriage Monday}

Good morning! I hope everyone had a safe and blessed weekend. I have a number of irons in my fire, but I was able to round up a couple of articles on marriage to start our week with:

~ Dennis Rainey of Family Life Ministries discusses the 50/50 Plan in marriage (you do your part; I’ll do mine) and he reveals its biggest weakness:

“It is impossible to determine if your spouse has met you halfway. Because neither of you can agree on where halfway is, each is left to scrutinize the other’s performance from a jaded, often selfish perspective.”



~ Marci, the Thankful Homemaker, posts at The Heart of Simplicity about the biblical concept of looking to the interests of others as taught in Philippians 2:3-5. She ponders how does this principle applies to us as wives & mothers.



We’d do well to heed the advice from these articles in our other relationships as well – i.e. brothers & sisters working together within the church (that is the relationship Paul’s referring to in the letter to the Philippians, after all…and the 50/50 Plan doesn’t jive in within the Body of Christ any better than it does in the marriage relationship).

These are some of those simple concepts that can be so difficult to carry out! It’s only by the grace and power of Christ that we can love one another rightly. May He teach us to abide in and depend on Him more and more as we strive to obey Him – and to love our husbands better each day.

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