Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and we get to talk about love!

Not the fairy tale kind where all your dreams come true, but the kind that takes hard work, intentionality, and selflessness. If you are single or dating, please don’t let the title of the message deter you. Brenda is going to share five principles of loving others that you can implement into any relationship.

There is a lot out there about relationships, but we’re going to take a look at what the Bible has to say.

“A new command I give you: Love one another.” John 13:34

This beautifully simple command is easier said than lived out, right?! How do two sinful, selfish people pursue love when life gets busy, stressful, and you are barely keeping your head above water with the kids, schedules, work, etc. You may have read books, attended retreats, and equipped yourself for a “loving” marriage, only to find you and your spouse arguing and discontent. Theoretically you should have the perfect marriage, but it really comes down to simply loving your spouse and here’s how:

  1. Be FOR your spouse –
  2. Be on the same team as your spouse/Be “TEAM YOUR FAMILY”
  3. Grow your relationship with Jesus Christ
  4. Establish Healthy Boundaries
  5. Give Grace rather than Criticizing

If you are in a abusive relationship or if there are serious issues within your relationship, please seek help from a trusted friend, pastor, or counselor. These five principles are to help you become a healthier person for a healthier marriage/relationship. For deeper growth on this topic, check out Brenda’s book Balance, Busyness, and Not Doing It All;  the marriage ministry of Mark and Jill Savage; Wives, Stop Parenting Your Husband on FortheFamily.org; Townsend and Cloud’s book Boundaries and Boundaries in Marriage or their other resources online at Boundaries.me

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