When a husband and wife combine their complementary gifts or talents to serve others in a ministry capacity, in their congregation, or in the community, they as a couple reap as many benefits as the recipients of their service.
Marriage puts our character on the anvil of time. Our impurities are revealed then burned up and beaten out until we are sharp and strong. Only then do we understand the hard and humbling aspects of marriage are forging something infinitely greater than two separate people.
We can use conflict to batter one another. Or we can use it to sharpen ourselves and build deeper relationships with friends and family. The choice is ours.