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to recreate a situation which they could not handle as children. When they began to work on the problem of equality as persons, both began giving themselves to the other. The normal needs that had been met artificially by feelings of superiority by the wife and with extravagant hunting trips by the husband, were soon satisfied by a mutual exchange of consideration and concern. The hunting trips continue, but the wife no longer finds it necessary to despise the outdoors so intensely-. Secondly, couples need a quality in their love that transcends self-inter est. Desire and companionship are im portant essentials in marriage, but they do involve self-interest and per sonal need. Under stress and strain, desire can be dead and mere friend ship impossible. A spiritual quality is needed if love is to endure. This quality is something higher than rea son and emotion. Reason argues, “ Since she has done this to me, I have a right to ignore her.” Emotion re acts, “He has hurt and humiliated me. I hate him.” Within the Chris tian, the Holy Spirit whispers, “ There are two sides to the story. Perhaps there were pressures which you did not realize. Remember how often you have faltered and failed. I have forgiven you of everything. I gave My life for you. You must for give too” (Ephesians 4:32). Some times it is very difficult to forgive in marriage. Sometimes complete for giveness is impossible without sincere demonstrations of repentance. Yet the willingness and eagerness to forgive is a spiritual quality to love that is essential, if testings are to benefit our homes. Our homes need to be founded upon Christ. Jesus said, “And the rain de scended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock” (Matt. 7:25). To really be founded upon Christ, our homes must be more than nomi nally Christian. The principles on which our homes are managed must be qualitatively identical to the doc trines of our Lord. Worldly principles of living are sandy and imperma nent foundations. To choose and de cide as Christ did; to love, live and give as did He; to build for eternity as well as for time: these are spiritual materials for solid, rock-like construc tion, against which the storms of life must beat in vain.
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