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May 20, 2016, 12:00 PM

Marriage Advice from 1886

By Sandy Holt



The other day I stumbled upon this Marriage Advice from 1886.  I found it very interesting and really quite simple.  See what you think!

Marriage Advice from 1886

“Let your love be stronger than your hate or anger. 


Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend a little than to break. 


Believe the best rather than the worst. 


People have a way of living up or down to your opinion of them.


Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship.  The person you choose to marry is deserving of the courtesies and kindnesses you bestow on your friends.


Please hand this down to your children and your children’s children:  The more things change, the more they are the same.”

Jane Wells (1886)


Living in the 21st century where life is such a hustle and bustle sometimes we get too busy to remember to extend common courtesies to our loved ones and in all circumstances to love one another.  We have a mind-set of “each man for himself,” being so afraid that someone might get something over on us.  But, the scripture is very clear in Matthew 22:37-40 when it says, “A new command I give you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”


Jesus’ love for us is perfect, unchanging, and self-sacrificial. Our capacity to love others the way Jesus commands comes only from our experience of His love and from the power of the Holy Spirit! When we  live by HIS command we might just see a change in our family relationships!


- Sandy

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