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Christian counselor and author of The Emotionally Destructive Relationship, Leslie Vernick tells the troubling story of a husband who was verbally abusing his wife. "They went to their pastor, and the husband explained how his wife would make him so angry that he lashed out at her," she says. "The pastor then turned to the wife and asked why she was provoking her husband.
"The sneaky thing is," Vernick says, "the wife may have provoked her husband to anger. But that doesn't justify the response. In Ephesians 4:26 Paul tells us to be angry yet don't sin. Because of situations like this one, I don't recommend joint counseling for couples in an …