Can you imagine a husband making a funny joke and then, at the punchline landing a solid jab to his wife's shoulder?
Of course not. It's out of place (and perhaps domestic abuse). However, in the context of a male friendship such behavior is widely practiced and acceptable.
What's the difference? (I'm about to get profound here...) Simply, women are different then men. Husbands and wives are different. And this is a good thing, something to be celebrated.
However, it is also apparently an evasive truth. One of the most common non-spiritual, basic, counseling I give to a husband is: don't treat your wife like a guy. Believe it or not, men seem to forget this fact about as often as we leave our dirty socks on the floor.
One of the chief areas this is seen is the area of romance. Many men think that they can woo their wives by treating like men. We think that we can just snap our fingers or just jump right to physical intimacy without any regard for emotions.
Guys, this doesn't work.
[Read the rest of the article at Ordinary Pastor.]