Insight 4u – Communication tools
The most important marriage skill is listening to your partner in a way that they canâ€™t possibly doubt that you love them. (Diane Sollee Smartmarriages.com)
Learning constructive ways to handle your differences is one of the most powerful things you can do to protect the promise that your marriage holds.
Marriage is a call to listen. Even when our spouses misbehave or create difficult situations for us, weâ€™re to tune in to Godâ€™s still, small voice and ask, â€œWhat is it you want me to learn from this? How are you stretching me at this time? What are you trying to do in my soul?
Instead of listening, our impatient souls immediately want to provide commentary. Our natural, arrogant selves are eager to speak, to be heard, and to be understood. We canâ€™t wait to express our opinion, state our outrage, or make clear our intentions, yet the Bible warns, â€œWhen words are many, sin is not absentâ€ (Proverbs 10:19). You know what this tells me in a practical sense? The pause button on my tongueâ€™s remote control should get much more use than the play button. (Gary Thomas, Devotions for a Sacred Marriage, pg. 137)
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