1. What are some of the reasons so many couples today are only willing to commit to what is convenient? 2. Some couples hold the foundational belief that marriage is for life. How can this belief only increase their chances for a successful marriage? 3. Discuss couples in the Bible who had lifelong marriages despite the challenges that came their way. How can this encourage us in our marriages today? 4. How can perseverance in marriage be one of the tools God wants to use to conform us to His image?
Why is it so difficult for us to give up our "rights" for what is right?
Romans 14:19 says, "Let us make every effort to do what leads to peace and to
mutual edification." It is very easy to interpret "every effort" in a way that is perceived to mean in my own way. How can we apply this differently by yielding our ways to God's? 3. Which rules from "The Positive Wife's List of Conflict Do's and Don'ts" have you found to enrich your marriage and which one(s) are the most challenging for you?
Chapter 7 1. How can God use the respect that you show your husband to allow your spouse to be all that he can be? 2. The Amplified Bible translates Ephesians 5:33: "Let the wife see that she respects and reverences her husband (that she notices him, regards him, honors him, prefers him, venerates and esteems him; and that she defers to him, praises him, and loves and admires him exceedingly)." Share with the group some ways that you have been able to show respect to your husband in the various ways listed. 3. Were you able to find some ways you might have been disrespecting your husband from the list on page 108 that might even have been unconscious decisions? 4. How does the submission that we show to our husbands reflect our submission to God's authority?
Chapter 8 1. As Christian wives, how can we maintain a positive attitude in the midst of negative emotions or circumstances? 2. What mumpsimus (remember Chapter 3!) pervade our society today that seem to encourage women to be home destroyers instead of home builders?