Black Couple Not Speaking

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In the early days of courting, you loved to hear him speak and just appreciated the way he saw the world. “Oh, we’re so much alike!” you mused, telling your girlfriends with a faraway, dreamy look in your eyes.

How could there be another human being on the planet that fit your personality so well?

Then, reality set in. After jumping the broom and seeing each other day-in and day-out, differences surfaced and disagreements born out of those differences manifested more frequently. Though you love God, want to honor Him with your marriage, and pray for a peaceful home, things don’t seem to be getting better.

Christian psychologist and author David E. Clarke, PhD, says, “If you don’t learn how to resolve conflict, your marriage will slowly die. It will choke on smoldering resentments and bitterness.”

So how can you resolve conflict when you don’t see eye to eye on things like: how to raise the children; how involved your relatives should be in your lives; how to handle money; what ministry is best for the spiritual needs of your family; how the housework and chores should be divided up, and on and on?

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