“I pray that your love will keep on growing because of your knowledge and insight.” Ph. 1:9 (GW)
How to BUILD a great marriage:
1. BECOME A CHEERLEADER NOT A CRITIC.
"So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope." 1 Thess 5:11 (MSG)
“A word of encouragement does wonders!” Pr. 12:25 (LB)
“I want us to help each other with the faith we have. Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you.” Rom. 1:12 (NCV)
2. UNDERSTAND AND EMBRACE YOUR DIFFERENCES.
"So let's agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other." Romans 14:19 (MSG)
Affection//Conversation//Honesty and Openness//Financial support//Family Commitment
Sexual fulfillment//Recreational companionship//Physical attractiveness//Domestic support//Admiration
-From Willard Harley’s “His Needs, Her Needs”
“May God… help you live in complete harmony with each other with the attitude of Christ Jesus toward the other.” Rom. 15:5 (NLT)
3. INITIATE AFFECTION.
“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” Rom. 12:10 (NLT)
"Give each other a holy kiss when you meet." 1 Thess 5:26 (NCV)
4. LISTEN UP.
“Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19 (NIV)
- I show I care by staying aware.
1. LISTEN TO YOUR SPOUSE.
“Answering before listening is both stupid and rude.” Pr. 18:13 (Msg)
2. LISTEN TO GOD.
“Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go...so when you make a promise to God, don't delay in following through… Keep all the promises you make to him." Eccl. 5:4 (NLT)
5. DON’T FORGET THAT JESUS IS THE GLUE.
“Keep your roots deep in Him, build your lives on Him, and become stronger in your faith.” Col. 2:7 (TEV)