Kate Middleton and Prince William: Marriage made in Heaven? (Part 62)

The Royal Wedding in Photos
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales leave Clarence House to travel to Buckingham Palace for the evening celebrations. (John Stillwell/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

I really do wish Kate and William success in their marriage. I hope they truly are committed to each other, and if they are then the result will be a marriage that lasts their whole lifetime. Nevertheless, I do not think it is best to live together before marriage like they did, and I writing this series to help couples see how best to prepare for marriage.

I read an article recently that was very helpful on this subject. “The Seven Myths of Cohabitation,” by Patrick & Dwaina Six is an article that I will be sharing in this series the next few days. Here is the sixth portion:

“But we’re married in our own eyes.” No, they’re not. These couples have specifically decided not to marry yet or they would get married. Jesus made a distinction (in John 4:17) between marriage and cohabitation and we should, too.The seventh myth is that “We should live together before getting married to see if we’re compatible.” People who use this argument also use another one you’ve probably heard: “You wouldn’t buy a car without test-driving it first, would you?” Do you catch how that dehumanizes the other person? If you decide not to purchase a car, the vehicle doesn’t feel rejected! The car doesn’t need psychological counseling so it can trust the next driver, does it? You don’t pack your personal luggage in the trunk of a car you’re only test-driving. And deciding not to purchase a car doesn’t bring emotional baggage into your next test-driving experience. This kind of reasoning leaves an “easy way’ out of a relationship. The truth is that every couple is “incompatible”! That’s part of God’s purpose in marriage: that we consider one another as more important than ourselves (see Philippians 2:4). We must all learn to be compatible with our mate!

Chip Ingram – Moving Beyond Conflict (pt 6)

There are a few final thoughts on conflict resolution that I wanted to share with you. Think of these steps as the “finishing touches” that will enable you to move beyond conflict in a healthy way. After all, conflict doesn’t feel good to begin with, so if there’s no clear closure it can have deep emotional impact. My prayer for you is that these six messages on conflict resolution will give you practical tools and a Biblical perspective that will have transformational results in your relationships. Remember, you can listen to the full message for free at: http://bit.ly/hVjh7x

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