488: Realistic Expectations in Marriage (Part 3)


What You MUST Know Before Saying In this episode, Jay concludes his discussion with Damian and Jamie Johnson by addressing the question: What are the benefits of having realistic marriage expectations?





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Episode Title: Realistic Expectations in Marriage (Part 3)


Guests: Damian and Jamie Johnson Follow Them on Twitter


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Question We Address and Answer:

  • What are the dangers of not communicating our expectations with our partner?
  • What are the benefits of having realistic marriage expectations?


Key Lessons and Takeaways:

  • How to avoid entering into a marriage with unrealistic expectations.
  • How to replace unrealistic marriage expectations with realistic expectations.
  • Ways to handle anger in a marriage.



  • Damian and Jamie explain what it means for a married couple not to go to bed mad.



  • “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angryEphesians 4:26 (NIV)


Hold Yourself Accountable:

  • Talk about your expectations of marriage…ideally before getting married.


Apply the Kingdom Principle:

  • My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.James 1:19-20 (NIV)


Take Action Now:

  • Examine the expectations you have.
  • Seek God’s guidance to ensure that you have the right expectations.
  • Communicate your expectations to your current or future spouse.


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