The In-law Problem

Is inharmony among in-laws to be expected and tolerated as graciously as possible? The Biblical tale of Ruth offers a model for all in-law relations, one in which mutual respect and affection obviate the need for mere toleration.

Underlying all human relations is an indestructible spiritual relationship—the unity of man and God, good. Human relationships are trouble free in proportion as they reflect the nature of this primary spiritual relationship, unchangeable and permanent.

The mortal belief of separation from good sometimes suggests to a parent not only that his child can be separated from him but that another person is the cause of the separation. The unwary parent may thus be tempted to punish his offspring's partner in some vengeful way, not realizing the error that is at work. With similar perversity, material belief may tempt a husband or wife to abuse parents-in-law.

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Jill Wasn't Fooled
February 7, 1970

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