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the heart of the home, and that is where she can best fulfill her husband. The career-focused wife leaves a void both in her home and in her husband which nothing can replace. 5. A husband needs a wife who is faithful. “Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her” (Proverbs 31:10–11). Fidelity is essential on both sides of the marriage relationship. Even as faithful love stirs the sweetest emotions in human relationships, so unfaithfulness stirs the bitterest emotions. There is probably nothing so devastating to a marriage as the realization that a third party has invaded the sacrosanct realm of intimacy. Wives need faithful husbands; husbands need faithful wives. A godly wife will guard her manners, her speech, and her appearance, reserving her womanly charm and beauty for her husband alone. “… in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works ” (1 Timothy 2:9–10). * * * * Success in marriage depends on our willingness to each give ourselves to meeting the deepest needs of the other. Understanding each other’s needs in marriage is the first step love takes toward meeting those needs. If we focus on our own needs rather than on those of our partner, we may easily stumble in self-pity rather than move ahead in love. Success in marriage depends on our willingness to each give ourselves to meeting the deepest needs of the other. This is the exercise of love, and love is the cement of marriage. Common Errors in Marriage The pitfalls surrounding marriage are many, and the pressures to fall into them seem to increase as life grows more mechanized and streamlined. Below we will consider a few of the more common errors people make in marriage today. 1. Financial bondage Today’s economy pressures us to buy and hoard and consume. Salespeople assure us that Loaves & Fishes • Issue 32 | 39


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