Love in Action Series: Love is a commitment
Marriage is a lifelong commitment to cherish each other. Cherish means to treat with tenderness and affection. It means to give warmth, ease or comfort; to hold as dear; to encourage growth by protection, aid and attendance.
Neglect is a killer of most marriages. I often see it in my counseling office. Neglect almost always leads to infidelity. We need each other. We need to be there for each other. If we don’t, someone else will. We need to make a commitment to cherish and value each other in our marriage.
Marriage is a lifelong commitment to remain the best of friends. Remain means to continue unchanged; not to be lost; not to be forgotten. Best means having qualities in the highest degree; the utmost; highest endeavor. Friendship is key to marriage, but so often we fail to develop our friendship. We need to have times of fun and laughter and make time to get away as a couple.
How would you describe your friendship in the early years of your relationship? What are the qualities that brought you together as friends? Which if any of these qualities are missing from your relationship today? What could be done to improve your friendship?
Marriage is a lifelong commitment to enjoy your sexual relationship. Sex is an emotional and physical union. Talk about your sexual relationship with your partner. What do you enjoy about your sexual relationship? What are some things that hinder your sexual relationship? What are some ways your partner could help you to have more enjoyment in this area?
Commit yourself to cherishing, remaining best friends and enjoying sexual intimacy with your spouse.
By Dr. Dale Goodman