How to Practice Love and Respect

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The Bible gives many practical, workable ways to love and respect your spouse:

Be faithful. Engage in sexual relations only within marriage, as God instructs (1 Thessalonians 4:3 1 Thessalonians 4:3For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should abstain from fornication:
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; 1 Corinthians 6:13 1 Corinthians 6:13Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
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, 18; 7:2; Galatians 5:19 Galatians 5:19Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
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; Matthew 5:32 Matthew 5:32But I say to you, That whoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causes her to commit adultery: and whoever shall marry her that is divorced commits adultery.
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). Faithfulness in marriage promotes a special emotional bond between mates.

Share your financial resources. “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household,” wrote Paul, “he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8 1 Timothy 5:8But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
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). When couples unselfishly work hard and share their financial resources , they demonstrate their commitment and respect.

Don’t speak unkindly to each other. A sure indicator of a couple’s relationship is the way they talk to each other. Proverbs 15:1 Proverbs 15:1A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
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says, “A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.” A courteous tone of voice allows couples to focus their energies on the subject at hand rather than on each other.

Forgive. We must forgive others if we want God to forgive us (Matthew 6:12-15 Matthew 6:12-15 [12] And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. [13] And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. [14] For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: [15] But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
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). Without forgiveness, any human relationship is doomed to failure.

Remember romance. Before marriage most couples spend much of their time wooing and courting. The special attention given to each other before marriage is a “wonderful” thing (Proverbs 30:18-19 Proverbs 30:18-19 [18] There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yes, four which I know not: [19] The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent on a rock; the way of a ship in the middle of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.
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), and it should not cease after marriage.

Include God in your relationship. “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it” (Psalms 127:1 Psalms 127:1Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman wakes but in vain.
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). Look to God for enduring values, including the purpose of your marriage. GN

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