According to marriage counselors, the following principles can help make marriages healthy: Having a solemn commitment to love your spouse without condition. Guarding your sexuality daily and reserving sex for your spouse only. Admitting you are not perfect. Being patient and forgiving toward each other. Growing in trust and honesty. And communicating as much as possible. Now here is some advice the Apostle Peter gave husbands and wives in his day, found 1 Peter chapter 3, “Wives . . . accept the authority of your husbands. Then, even if some refuse to obey the Good News, your godly lives will speak to them without any words. They will be won over by observing your pure and reverent lives.” To husbands he said, “You husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.” In our day many marriages end in divorce and children suffer terribly from broken families. Wise parents will work hard to keep a healthy marriage and family where peace, love, satisfaction, and achievement prevails.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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