Friday, February 26, 2010

How to Build a Successful Marriage

MARRIAGE can be likened to a journey, an odyssey that presents many surprises—some exquisite, others painful. Unforeseen “terrain” can present unexpected obstacles, some of which may seem insurmountable. Nevertheless, many people make this journey successfully and happily, with only minor mishaps. Indeed, success in marriage is not measured so much by the highs and lows of the journey as it is by how couples deal with those ups and downs.

What do you think can make the journey through marriage more successful and enjoyable? Many couples feel the need for a ‘marital road map’ to direct them along the way. The most dependable and authoritative “map” for marriage is provided by the Originator of marriage—Jehovah God. His inspired Word, the Holy Bible, though, is not a magic charm. Rather, it contains practical direction that married couples need to follow to enjoy a successful marriage.—Psalm 119:105; Ephesians 5:21-33; 2 Timothy 3:16.

Let us identify some of the Scriptural signposts—key Bible principles—that can help guide you along a successful and happy marital journey.

• Treat marriage as sacred.
• Speak respectfully.
• Cultivate kindness and compassion.
• Show humility.
• Do not hastily take offense.
• Know when to keep quiet.
• Listen with empathy.
• Be reasonable and flexible.
• Make a habit of expressing appreciation.
• Be quick to forgive.
• Stay committed to your mate and to your marriage.
• Self-sacrifice reinforces commitment.
• Effort Brings Rewards

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