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Throwing aside the proverbial “must-have” list generally compiled by every romantic comedy film, these qualities for a marriage are much richer and much deeper than liking the same kind of pizza topping. Like many fine things in life, relationships are at their best when they have time to develop and mature. Here are the seven kinds of people that are definitely the marrying kind.
The Kind Who Prays for You and With You
Coming together in prayer before Jesus is one of the most intimate and powerful things you can do together. Marrying someone that lifts you up in prayer every day is the greatest blessing you can possibly receive. With divorce rates on the rise across America, the absolute greatest defense in sustaining a long and happy marriage is to be armed in prayer. “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18
The Kind That Supports & Helps You
This is what it’s all about. There are going to be several days when you just can’t put one foot in front of the other or you can’t quite get it together—it’s in these sweet moments that you partner is there to brace your fall, help you pick up the pieces or hold you up.
The Kind That Is Your Best Friend
Friendship is a vital ingredient in a successful marriage. It can’t be stressed enough. An instant “love connection” is great, but after a few years, you’ll definitely need a best friend for those moments in life when you need to laugh and when you need to cry. Someone you can talk with about anything and everything and someone you can have no uncomfortable silence with. The whole “in sickness and in health, for better or for worse” plays out a LOT better when you are married to your best friend.
The Kind That Believes in You
With so many things in this world vying to destroy our faith and confidence, having a partner to reenforce their belief in you will enrich your life and relationship. Also, and most importantly, God has called us to, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
The Kind That Puts Themselves Second
When you have a partner willing to put themselves second, they are showing their love for you in the purest form. “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3
The Kind Who Respects You
Lack of respect in a marriage will absolutely destroy it. It is the cornerstone of a relationship and a total necessity. Good communication, trust and admiration are all built on a foundation of respect.
The Kind That Loves You
This list wouldn’t be accurate if it didn’t include the glue that holds all the others together: LOVE. It’s God’s greatest design for us and His greatest commandment, so it’s no surprise that it’s the very essence of what marriage is. When you find someone that loves you without condition, you’ve truly found yourself a treasure. “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
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