Edward and Angie Smith were high school sweethearts.They met when they were freshmen and started dating their senior year. Of course, the couple didn't want to be separated, so Angie traveled with him as much as possible.1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Galatians -23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. These and other spiritual characteristics provide us with a lifetime goal for growth.God's Holy Spirit, given after repentance and baptism (Acts ), is a key ingredient in making this spiritual growth possible."It was not easy at all, but our love for God and one another pulled us through," he said. '" He encouraged those thinking about marriage to get to know each other."Even play some type of competitive game in which there is a winner and loser and see how the prospective spouse controls or loses their temper or composure. Observe how the prospective mate handles their relationship with their parents, siblings, friends, etc.Chances are you will be handled in much the same way." Ed Smith summed up his secrets of true love with these Cs: "Commitment, communication, cooperation and compromise for the mutual care and concern of one another is most vital.
Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
It is important to study the biblical instructions that you will be agreeing to in marriage.
Understanding what we are committing to and considering how to apply these principles is a key part of making a strong and permanent commitment.
What does God require and want from you in marriage?
Ephesians -25, 28, 33 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
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