12 Rules For A Happy Marriage
By Barry Gilreath, Jr.

Recently I came across the following 12 rules for a happy marriage that had been given by the well-known Ann Landers in her weekly article.  Although to my knowledge, Mrs. Landers has never obeyed the gospel of Christ, I believe she set forth twelve practical suggestions that will promote a happier home environment.  These twelve rules are no doubt biblical.  I have included scripture references with each rule that affirms such:

  1. Never both be angry at once (Proverbs 19:11)

  2. Never yell at each other unless the house is on fire (Proverbs 21:23)

  3. Yield to the wishes of the other as an exercise in self-discipline, if you can't think of a better reason (Col. 3:18-19; Ephesians 5:21)

  4. If you have a choice between making yourself or your spouse look good--choose your spouse (Philippians 2:3-4; Matthew 19:19)

  5. If you feel you must criticize do so lovingly (Ephesians 4:15)

  6. Never bring up a mistake of the past (Philippians 3:13-14)

  7. Neglect the whole world rather than each other (Ephesians 5:25-31)

  8. Never let the day end without saying at least one complimentary thing to your life partner (Proverbs 31:26)

  9. Never meet without an affectionate greeting (Proverbs 5:18-19)

  10. When you make a mistake, talk it out and ask for forgiveness (James 5:16)

  11. Remember, it takes two to make an argument.  The one who is wrong is the one who will be doing most of the talking (James 3:5-8)

  12. Never go to bed mad (Ecclesiastes 7:9; Colossians 3:8)