In this new series we look at one of the chapters in Dr. Kim's book "7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage": The Love Potion. You may order your copy of the book here.
The Ingredients that Don't Belong
While a loving marriage requires certain ingredients, love can be stifled by other ingredients that don’t belong. Let’s look at three things that do not belong in our love potion—envy, boasting, and pride.
Envy puts up a wall in any relationship. If I am resentful of someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck, it affects my relationship with that person. In my own marriage, I do not think envy has been an issue between Nancy and me. But if I am envious of someone else, it can bleed all over my marriage relationship. People become obsessed with envy. It can consume their lives, which in turn negatively affects their marriages.
Boasting and pride seem to go hand in hand. Why are they destructive in marriage? Marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. Each has a God-given role to play in the relationship. One isn't more important than the other. It is like a symbiotic relationship—two people living side by side, each indispensable to the well-being of the other. There is no room for boasting and pride in a loving marriage.
Do you struggle with any of these—envy, boasting, pride? Have you overcome them? If not, will you commit to begin the process today?
Keep envy, boasting, and pride out of your marriage.