“For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.” (Eph. 5:31)
If you want to strengthen your marriage, here are five tried and true things you can begin doing today!
Marriage is a divine institution; it was created by God. Therefore, it is a spiritual union at its very core. You must have God, and His Word, as your foundation if you expect to have a successful marriage God can bless.
Communication isn’t simply talking TO someone, but talking WITH someone. Communication means listening as much, or more, than you speak. It is making sure your spouse doesn’t just hear, but understands what you are trying to say to them. A couple who can communicate correctly, can weather most any storm. Set aside time each day to communicate with your spouse.
THIRD—Contact Them Physically.
Intimacy is a very important way to invest in your marriage. A couple who does not value or practice intimacy leaves themselves open to temptation. Many divorces have occurred because one or both spouses sought affection and intimacy outside of the marriage.
FOURTH—Compliment Them Regularly.
Learn to leave little notes for your spouse. Nothing will brighten their day like than finding an unexpected note that reminds them how much you love them. Love notes are not just for when you are dating, they are important AFTER marriage, too!
FIFTH—Confess & Forgive Instantly.
Let’s face it, even the best of marriages have arguments and disagreements. But successful marriages learn how to deal with them when they come. If you have hurt or wronged your spouse, confess it to them immediately. Don’t let pride stop you from admitting when you are wrong. If you were the one who was hurt, then be willing to forgive immediately. Harboring resentment and anger will only lead to bitterness.
If you will practice these five things, your marriage will not only survive, it will flourish!