What does it take for love in marriage to last a lifetime? As California’s Saddleback Church held a “Marriage Renewal Weekend” during the worship service on Sunday, Pastor Tom Holladay answered this question, sharing four qualifications for enduring love.
1 Peter 1:22 says, “You must keep on loving with all your heart,” Pastor Holladay told the congregation.
Four decisions are needed for that, he said. And those who are single should look out for these decisions or indicators when they look for a life partner, he added.
One, listen with all your heart, he shared. Open your ears to listen to your spouse so you know what she or he is going through in life, he said.
The pastor quoted James 1:19, “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”
We need to actively find ways to listen; it won’t happen by itself, Holladay said, encouraging spouses to have a “built-in time for listening” to each other.
But it isn’t as easy as it sounds, he acknowledged. Men and women are wired differently, and they’ll have their own ways of saying what they want to say. “Listening is hearing the other person the way they want to say,” he underlined.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post