Strengthening Marriage Relationships

Strengthening MarriagesA marriage relationship needs constant nurturing.

Marriage Often Requires a Change of Heart and Behavior

     In marriage and other relationships, we often wish that the other person would change something we do not like.  Sometimes it takes years and much heartache to finally learn that we cannot change anyone else.  We can look to ourselves and change what needs to be changed in our own attitudes and behavior.  We can be examples and influences for good, and we can pray for inspiration and help.  But,  the other person still needs to seek the Lord and change himself or herself.

Gospel Principles For Marriage 

     There are gospel principles that apply to every aspect of the marriage relationship.  Consider what sacrifice, obedience, and consecration would do to strengthen us and our marriages.  Think what the basic principles of compassion and service can do. Two other very important gospel principles that apply to marriage are repentance and forgiveness.  Along with learning to say, ‘I’m sorry,’ husbands and wives must learn to say, ‘I forgive.’   Jesus taught that to be forgiven by our Heavenly Father depends, in part, on our ability to forgive those who trespass against us.  Some of the strongest marriages of which I am aware have been between partners who could say, ‘I am sorry,’ and who forgive each other.

Biggest Secret of Success in Marriage

     The secret of a happy marriage is to serve God and each other.  The goal of marriage is unity and oneness, as well as self-development.  Paradoxically, the more we serve one another, the greater is our spiritual and emotional growth.

     While I have found that the physical relationship is also a key factor in keeping a successful, and healthy marriage; It is a part of the relationship that I do not feel covering because it is such a personal issue for everyone.  If you find that you are struggling in this section of your relationship, I suggest that you talk to your religious leader, or a marriage counselor with your husband.  Especially, if you are trying to conduct yourself as the daughter of our Heavenly Father.

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