by Kelly Pelton (written 12 Feb 2023)
If this world is a lab for learning to love, teach one another to show respect which is love in plain clothes, as the saying goes, without it, our marriages slowly get wrecked. There's nothing noble in suffering poor treatment in Christian homes where we should know better; let's show our children how to treat family as treasured people, each a love letter from God who wants us to teach one another. He gives us power to stand up to pressure and not be a victim or domestic martyr but rather a Spirit-led family refresher. Although by the world we be persecuted for faithfully clinging to Christ above all, let not our spouses be punitive, let not our homes be unsafe or disheartening. Call your spouse to accountability; let not the undermining behaviors persist. As families learn to live in God's love, all unloving tactics we must resist.