In-Laws Or Out-Laws!

After arguing for hours, a couple drove along in silence. Suddenly they passed a barnyard filled with mules and Jackasses. Sarcastically, the husband asked, “Relatives of yours?” The wife replied, “Yes, in-laws!” inlaws or outlaws

Marriage was God’s idea, and it was a good one. Picking up the theme, Jesus sad, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife.” (Mt. 19:5) In marriage, two’s company and three’s a crowd! So here are the ten commandments for being a good in-law.

1) Thou shalt love, honor and respect the couple.
2) Thou shalt grant them independence, resisting the urge to show them a better way of doing things.
3) Thou shalt be loyal and not criticize them, for, “that critical spirit has a way of boomeranging.” (see Mt 7:2)
4) Thou shalt not find fault: Don’t jump on their failures unless you want the same treatment. (see Mt 7:1)
5) Thou shalt not outwear their welcome and ALWAYS call before thou showest up at their dwelling. Don’t show up at all hours for they will surely get fed up! (see Pr. 25:17)
6) Thou shalt not expect them to visit thee too often.
7) Thou shalt refrain from giving unsolicited advice: “a fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back.” (Pr 29:11)
8) Thou shalt not talk about how thou wantest grandchildren unless they are already on the way.
9) Thou shalt respect their home decorating taste even when it differeth from thine own.
10) Thou shalt pray for them daily and with out fail.

If you are an in-law who doesn’t want to be viewed as an outlaw, live by these commandments.

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