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:

Concentration

Selflessness

Humility

 

Don’t WITHDRAW, or AVOID, or ISOLATE

 

We create an even greater problem by causing our partner to feel:

Ignored

Cut off

Snobbed

Abandoned or even

Punished

 

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..

 

Don’t INTERRUPT

 

When we interrupt someone, it causes him or her to feel as if we:

Don’t care

Aren’t listening

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.

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