Is it me, or does it seem as though the institution of marriage is becoming a relic of the past?! I mean, given some of the statistics, trends, and modern philosophical views about it, as an institution, marriage is quickly falling from its position as a key societal foundation building block on which our way of being has been predicated. It used to be held with high esteem, something that was sacred, and as a key relationship on which the moral fabric of society was to rest, but now it's something that can be tossed away at will, held to not be that sacred, and can be redefined to suit the preferences of the hearts and minds of men as opposed to the authority of The Creator. I know I just said a mouth-full and probably opened a few "can of worms," but let's continue shall we.
Lately, I've been rereading the book, The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman, and have been delving deeper into the male/female relationship dynamic. Initiating, cultivating, and maintaining relationships is an art as well a science, and takes a bit of work to learn how to do. It may come easier to some more than others, but we all have to learn the skills necessary as to how to relate to each other in order to have healthy, holistic, and good quality relationships.
In looking at my past relationships in addition to where I'm at today, I must admit that even though I'm not the person I used to be, my skills are still lacking greatly and need tremendous improvement. Somehow or another I just never learned to hone the skills necessary to maintain good solid relationships like effective communication, patience, or conflict management, and I have a trail of ex-girlfriends and a broken marriage to prove it. So, in view of all of that, I thought it best to start digging deeper into the mechanics, underlying Biblical principles, and best practices necessary to achieve productive, wholesome, and fulfilling relationships for me, my children, and those in my sphere of influence.
In reading The Five Languages, I've learned that there are five primary ways to love your spouse, or partner that will help him/her feel genuinely and sincerely loved keeping his/her "love" tank full. They are:
In short, it's essential to our health and well-being to give and receive love. According to Gary Chapman, Ph.D., there are primarily five ways to speak the language of love that people respond to, and genuinely feel loved, which aids in keeping their "tanks" full. It's our duty to learn, cultivate, and employ whatever means necessary to make our loved ones feel loved. We should aim to love one another in the way that is needed and not try to love someone the way we think they should be loved. May the grace of Jesus be with you always.
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