Marriage is…25 tips to build a lasting and happy union

* a crucible for learning how to forgive.

* putting self last, not me first.

* giving more than taking.

* serving each other with love, patience, humility.

* outdoing the other with simple kindnesses, small and big.

* watching your words for words can encourage a daily deepening of love — or they can kill, crush and destroy your relationship.

* for life. There is NO option for failure.

* loving and honoring each other for better and for worse, in sickness and in health, poverty and wealth.

* never going to bed angry with each other or you’ll give the devil a foothold, inviting even bigger problems.

* listening with your heart and knowing when to keep quiet.

* thanking your spouse each day.

* making time for each other even when you’re crazy busy with kids, careers, mortgages, etc.

* being more constructive in your comments than critical.

* a maturing process for spouses as they choose to pull up the big girl panties and big boy boxers. So send your Pampers and baggage packing by God’s grace.

* healing to your broken childhood heart.

* an easing of burdens when they are shared with your one other.

* giving the benefit of the doubt.

* praying together and praying for each other. Often! Without ceasing!!

* reading God’s Word together and tucking it into your heart so it can be recalled during the heat of the moment, for God’s Word is life and health and strength to you.

* kissing each other a lot, every embrace bonding you and your mate as one.

* pursuing your mate.

* a covenant vow that must be chosen time and again because sometimes your feelings will lie to you. Especially during the rough patches.

* mutual submission.

* someday looking back over a lifetime and having your children thank you with all their hearts for staying together and working to create a wonderful marriage, a good role model for future generations.

* an expression of the greatest of these… 1 Corinthians 13 love. {J.B. Phillips}

This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience—it looks for a way of being constructive. It is not possessive: it is neither anxious to impress nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own importance.

Love has good manners and does not pursue selfish advantage. It is not touchy. It does not keep account of evil or gloat over the wickedness of other people. On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth prevails.

Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen.

In this life we have three great lasting qualities—faith, hope and love.

But the greatest of these is love…

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