Prov 15:1-4, Col 4:6, Prov 18:21
Nothing in marriage enhances INTIMACY like GOOD communication
LISTEN completely & take painstaking steps to HEAR everything.
Be aware that listening can be painful:
Don’t WITHDRAW, or AVOID, or ISOLATE
We create an even greater problem by causing our partner to feel:
Abandoned or even
Don’t DEMAND; rather, ASK
During our early days of courtship or marriage, we’re usually very courteous and kind…often after the honeymoon, things change? ?
John Powell said, “The genius of communication is the ability to be both totally honest and totally kind at the same time. ”
Don’t use THREATS
Many times we are not even aware that we use threats.
When we FEEL hopeless, ,into a corner or intensely frustrated..
When we interrupt someone, it causes him or her to feel as if we:
Only want to speak our mind
Don’t use the word, “DIVORCE”
It can pierce a person’s heart
It can plant a strange seed of thought in the mind
Many have broken this rule at one time or another:
It gives the enemy of marriage an advantage against your possibility of marital success.