Marriage conflict is probably always rooted in pride

“Number five, the weed of pride. The book of Proverbs is almost redundant in its assertions of pride being at the root of conflict and strife. If there’s conflict in your marriage then there’s pride in your marriage, there’s pride in your heart. Proverbs 11:2 ‘when pride comes then comes dishonor.’ Why do we dishonor such another? We dishonor one another because of pride. The reason why pride is so damaging to a marriage, is because the self-exalting mindset is anti-Christian. It is the opposite of what Christ would do. Christ humbled Himself and served. But pride places us in a position of self-exaltation, it also places us in a position of becoming a practical enemy of God, whereby God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. So if we are proud, we are not only in conflict with our spouse, but we are in conflict with God.”

Excerpted from a sermon by Paul Tautges

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