Having Healthy Attitudes in Marriage

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HAVING Healthy Attitudes IN MARRIAGE :

HAVING Healthy Attitudes IN MARRIAGE As we enter in marriage we come with great expectations which are either met or not. The attitude we maintain in the marriage will either make our marriage work or not work. Healthy attitude is key in having a happy marriage. Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1

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Having talked to many couples, I always ask myself: Why don’t we have healthy marriages? Most people entering into marriage come with very high expectations. Soon they discover things are not going as they expected. Our attitude in marriage is very, very important. We need to change our attitude in a positive way and embrace our spouses. Tuesday, August 19, 2014 2

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Psalm 127:1 Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain. (NKJV) Tuesday, August 19, 2014 3

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Many people marry for many reasons (financial status, feel they are growing too old to raise a family, for companionship or etc.). Many married couples begin their lives without understanding God's plan for them and also without a good foundation which puts these marriages at many risks. Tuesday, August 19, 2014 4

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The Holy Bible is the best marriage manual that you will ever read. It is our instruction that God established for us in order to be His children and live in harmony with each other for the purpose of reaching our goal which is to live with Him forever . Tuesday, August 19, 2014 5

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Psalm 119:162 ‘I rejoice at Your word As one who finds great treasure’. (NKJV) Tuesday, August 19, 2014 6

What is God's plan for us?:

What is God's plan for us? To discover God's plan for us, we need to read the Holy Bible because it is our only main source for Christian guide and Christian marriage. Genesis 2:18. " And the Lord said, 'It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him .' “ ( NKJV) Tuesday, August 19, 2014 7

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When God created Adam He desired for him to have a companion, a female of his species to love, cherish, share things with him and become his companion. God fashioned Eve by taking Adam's rib and made it into a woman to be one with him. Tuesday, August 19, 2014 8

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" Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh " (Genesis 2:24). In the beginning the ideal marriage always has been that man and woman would join together through their life and be one unit with God through their marriage and submit to His plan. Tuesday, August 19, 2014 9

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God created man and woman in His likeness to have a relationship with them and live in harmony with each other. But human beings followed their own self-will and chose to follow their own way and sin grew in their lives and their fellowship with God was broken. Tuesday, August 19, 2014 10

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We cannot have a relationship with God, unless we are perfectly righteous. Because of God's love for us, He would not leave us without a plan. Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11

What is God's plan for our marriage? :

What is God's plan for our marriage? God created the universe and designed it for us, God also created male and female with specific design: Difference in bodies Different in thinking Different in viewing the world around them Tuesday, August 19, 2014 12

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Know right from wrong Have sense of justice Show mercy Be forgiving Be patient Show love and kindness That they can have companionship Tuesday, August 19, 2014 13

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With sexual and emotional intimacy that helps Join the couple as one flesh To be correct place for sexual union Programmed our bodies to respond to touch, taste, sight, aroma, sound, etc. Capable of bearing children and multiply Tuesday, August 19, 2014 14

With the purpose of: :

With the purpose of: Understanding God's love for us Teaching us how to be better a human being Loving one another Filling the earth with righteous men and women Bringing forth righteous children Helping each other to reach eternal life Tuesday, August 19, 2014 15

How can we help each other in marriage? :

How can we help each other in marriage? God designed the institution of marriage, as a life long process to build Jesus Christ (values, attitudes, morals, characters) in us by putting us in different situations and circumstances to build certain qualities in us. For example God will teach us: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 16

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Real love by putting unlovable people in our way Experience joy by testing grief Trusting Him by placing us in tough situations Patience by putting us in stressful situations Tuesday, August 19, 2014 17

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And for us to do so it required of us a different kind of thinking and attitude that can only be achieved through the power of God in our life. Tuesday, August 19, 2014 18

Healthy Attitudes the Spouses Require to Have in Marriage:

Healthy Attitudes the Spouses Require to Have in Marriage 1. Putting God first in their lives and their main goal is to dedicate themselves to God by serving Him, studying His words, praying and worshiping Him Tuesday, August 19, 2014 19

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2. Recognize there is no such thing as a perfect wife or a perfect husband and having conflict does not mean you married the wrong person but it means that both of them are human with different weakness and strengths that help them complete each other. Tuesday, August 19, 2014 20

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3. God intended for man to be the spiritual leader in the home for he is representative of God in teaching, leading and inspiring his wife and children to learn and obey the words of God 4. Recognize that marriage is a long-term commitment and loving each other for better or for worse Tuesday, August 19, 2014 21

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5. Remember that true love means giving without expecting anything in return 6. Letting trials produce love and self-worth 7. Appreciating one another in small and big things and be pleased to be together Tuesday, August 19, 2014 22

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8. They can be a good example of self-discipline Conquer their lust Control their appetites Restrain their emotions Get rid of their bad habits Control their thoughts Tuesday, August 19, 2014 23

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9. When arguments occur they should learn to forgive one another no matter who is at fault in order to maintain a healthy home for them and the children 10. Practice the law of kindness and set a good example for their children 11. Considering each other's needs and gladly giving oneself to another Tuesday, August 19, 2014 24

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12. Having positive friendship will allow them to enjoy each other's company and overcome problems 13. Recognize that without good communication there is no meaningful relationship 14. Comforting each other in sickness, trouble, and sorrow Tuesday, August 19, 2014 25

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15. Respond to one another openly, lovingly and without improper secrets 16. Solving all their problems as a team will bring them more closer to each other 17. Learn to rise above human goodness to divine goodness (trust, have faith, respect one another, etc.) Tuesday, August 19, 2014 26

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18. Ready to say, "I am sorry", "I was wrong", "Please forgive me" 19. Disciplining their children and teaching them obedience and also gain their heart so we can lead them to God and the right path 20. " I delight to do your will, O my Lord, and Your law is within my heart " (Psalm 40:8). Tuesday, August 19, 2014 27

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Through the words of God, the Holy Spirit will lead our life and shape each one of us into the image of Jesus Christ. Then God can use us to serve our spouse, our children and others each according to his abilities, strengths, gifts, passion, and experience. Tuesday, August 19, 2014 28

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You don’t lose anything by a positive attitude. Over and over again, your marriage will continue improving. You will appreciate your spouse more and you would be willing to accommodate him/her in any situation. Change your attitude in your marriage. Tuesday, August 19, 2014 29

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