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I Hear That Confession Is Good For The Soul, But Is It Good For The Marriage?

Confession is often seen as risky in a marriage, as there is a fear that the other spouse will use it against them. However, if both spouses have goodwill and a desire for God's will, confession can lead to a positive response. Confession is the beginning of personal change, regardless of the other person's response. It is important to take ownership of one's own issues and not play games of waiting for the other person to confess first. Confession should be done for the sake of truth and honoring God, and it can be beneficial for the soul and the marriage.

Questions to Consider

  1. How often do you find yourself hesitating to acknowledge your mistakes or shortcomings in your relationship due to fear of your spouse's reaction? What steps can you take to overcome this fear?
  2. Reflect on a time when either you or your spouse made a confession. How did each of you respond, and what impact did it have on your relationship? How can you foster a more supportive and understanding environment for such confessions in the future?
  3. Emerson mentioned that confessing your shortcomings is not about trying to change your spouse but about personal growth and honoring the relationship. How do you balance expressing your needs and feelings without making your spouse feel blamed or defensive?
  4. Considering Emerson's reference to Ephesians 5:33, how can you incorporate the principles of love and respect into your daily interactions with your spouse? What practical steps can you take to ensure that both of you feel valued and understood in the relationship?