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Ways to Enrich Your Marriage Text: Romans 15:1-7

1We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please us. 2Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. 3For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: "The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me."[4For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, 6so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.7Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

What would happen if we started living life just to build other’s up? I believe in time Christ would see to it that you were built up because of your giving heart! Christ is the ultimate model for every strong believer to renounce self-gratification. The Apostle Paul is quick to remind us that everything that happened of old through out the Bible happened to help us now! Paul points out, that just as Christ accepts us we are to accept others.

A person can’t accept their spouse or whom they are dating no better than he or she can accept Christ!

Ephesians 5:25 gives every husband some sound advice, 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,

I Peter 3:1 gives every wife some sound advice, 1.Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives,

Here’s several ways to enrich your marriage: 1. Start everyday with a kiss!

One day after 30 years of being married the wife of a man said, “I just don’t want to be married to you anymore!” The husband just couldn’t believe it and he asked, why? She said, “because in 30 years you have never told me that you loved me!” He said, “I told you when I married you and that’s enough!”

Everyone has a need to hear and feel appreciation! (Kiss each other often!)

2. Always wear your wedding ring! (It was placed there to cut off your circulation!) That ring symbolizes a covenant, and a new ending circle of love!

3. Go on regular dates! (Try to make it a weekly thing.)

I Corinthians 13:1-3 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

4. Accept your differences, be polite, be gentle and give little gifts!

Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

5. Touch, talk about your dreams, adopt a song as “your song.” Song of

Solomon 4:1-4 You are beautiful, my darling, beautiful beyond words. Your eyes are like doves behind your veil. Your hair falls in waves, like a flock of goats winding down the slopes of Gilead.2 Your teeth are as white as sheep, recently shorn and freshly washed. Your smile is flawless, each tooth matched with its twin.3 Your lips are like scarlet ribbon; your mouth is inviting. Your cheeks are like rosy pomegranates behind your veil. 4 Your neck is as beautiful as the tower of David, jeweled with the shields of a thousand heroes.

6. Send a card for no reason, laugh together and compliment one another daily! Call during the day, cuddle, forgive quickly, and learn to apologize, talk about your love, end everyday with a hug, and above all pray for each other!

Unless there is something wrong in your marriage your spouses’ prayer should mean more to you than anything!

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