Love, honesty, forgiveness, trust, interdependence, communication, and conflict resolution are vital to a healthy relationship. Some say that love is not a feeling. But it is!!! AND love is a choice. Love is patient, kind, humble, selfless, gentle, generous, forgiving, easy-going, content, goodness, trusts, hopes, endures. 1 Corinthians 13. Honesty. If we want our partner to be honest, we have to be a safe place for them to do so. Forgiveness. “I’m sorry. I was wrong. Will you forgive me?” If we want to trust, we need to be trustworthy. Trust is earned. And trust is a choice. Interdependence is two healthy, independent individuals that come together depending on each other in healthy ways. Communication is, by far, the number one issue in marriage. It’s not as much about the issue as how we talk about the issue. We have to learn to listen, express what we understand, and lovingly remain respectful. Conflict is inevitable. Learning to recover from conflict is possible if we learn to stay gentle, remove blame, take responsibility for our part, choose to forgive, and refocus on what is important. “Ok, we could have handled that better but I love you”. And let’s not forget about fun. Healthy relationships don’t forget to have fun!!
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