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Valentine's Day time for respect, love

February 13, 2013 - A husband and wife drove for miles in silence after a terrible argument in which neither would budge.

The husband pointed to a mule in a pasture.

"Relative of yours?" he asked. "Yes," she replied, "by marriage."

How happy is your marriage? Is your spouse really your Valentine?

The Apostle Paul gave us a key to a happy marriage.

He said, "Each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband." (Ephesians 5:33)

Modern studies show that men's number-one need is respect. They want to be respected.

The number-one need for women is love. They need to know that their husband cares for them more than anything else.

A woman came to a lawyer and said, "I want to get a divorce. I really hate my husband, and I want to hurt him. Give me some advice. I want to get his gold. I want to give him the shaft. I want to hurt him everyway I can."

The attorney said, "All right. For the next three months while we're going through the divorce proceedings, don't criticize your husband. Only speak kind words to him. Build him up. Every time he does something, commend him for it. Tell him what a great guy he is, and do that for three months. After he thinks that he has your respect, tell him you were just yanking his chain and it will hurt him good."

The woman thought, "I can play that game!"

So she complimented her husband for everything he did. For three months she told him what a great man he was.

Guess what? After three months, they forgot about the divorce and went on a second honeymoon!

Want a Happy Valentine's Day? Show respect. Give love.

The Rev. Greg Henneman is senior pastor of Clarkston Community Church

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