Bible Verse: So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12)

Scripture Reading: Mark 12:28-34

What makes a good relationship? According to Grimm’s Fairy Tales the secret seems to be found in the size of your feet. The evil stepsisters were doomed to failed relationships because they had a bigger shoe size than Cinderella and no amount of manipulation—or mutilation—on their part could bring them the marriage they desired.

A cursory glance through the magazines at the supermarket checkout seem to suggest ideas that are not much better. Magazine covers promise the perfect relationship can be achieved through everything from sexual compatibility, better cooking, tighter buns (not related to cooking), having an affair, a new wardrobe, or the right vacation.

Movies seem to be centred on the quest for “The One”, true loves first kiss, or love at first sight. Many romantic plots involve characters who find themselves in unsatisfying marriages that can never be saved because they are with the wrong person. Only by leaving that first spouse and following the impulse of their heart to run away with the new romantic interest will they ever find the happiness they deserve.

According to the wisdom of the culture around us, true happiness seems to be found in putting yourself first.

Several years ago, the University of Chicago conducted a study into love styles and scholars found that people in altruistic marriages were happier. Relationships where each person put the well-being of their partner first had stronger, more satisfying lives. We laughed in the office when we read the news article; that they needed a study to prove what God had been telling us from the beginning.

— Jeff Stearns, Content Director, Promise Keepers Canada


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