Hello Readers!! I pray you are having a wonderful week. I found some interesting facts about love, relationships, and marriage on the internet that I would like to share with you.
- Historically, sweat has been an active ingredient in perfume and love potions! Gross!!
- Most Americans believe LOVE is the foundation of marriage.
- Only 51% of American adults are married.
- 60% of women say that religion is important in marriage. Only 50% of men agree.
- In America, the average marriage only last 7.5 years
In today’s society, marriage is quickly becoming something of the past. The above statistics are alarming, but I can see why. Most Americans believe that LOVE is the foundation of marriage. I believe CHRIST should be the foundation of marriage. Religion (a relationship with Christ) is not a priority is marriage anymore.
Read with me: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.
Why do you think the Bible mentions “a cord of three stands is not quickly torn apart”? Because, we are suppose to intertwine God in all of our relationships if we want them to be strong and last. Also, the scripture mentions: “But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.” I believe this clues us in on how to treat our spouse/love. We are not supposed to tear each other down, but lift each other up. We should be encouraging to one another. Once a word is spoken it CANNOT be taken back. Please, watch your mouth. Words hurt others deeply and cause scars that never fully heal. This in return creates bitterness and resentment. The Bible warns of this in Hebrews 12:15–“See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”
I would like to share with you what my husband and I do to build each other up. We have a “sunshine” notebook. Several times a week, we write love notes to each other to remind each other why we love and appreciate one another.
I would like to challenge you to do three things for the rest of the week.
- Don’t say anything negative about your spouse/love.
- Say at least one thing you admire or appreciate about your spouse/love. You can send them a random text message, email, or write a love letter.
- Greet each other with a smile. You know, one smile can change someone’s day! It makes the other person wonder why you are smiling.
In closing, let’s read Galatians 5:13-15:
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.”
Thanks for reading! Remember to be blessed and be a blessing to others!