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Words of Life

Words have power. They carry meaning, have weight, and convey emotional tone-  good and bad. They have the impact of either tearing us down or building us up. Proverbs 18:21 says “The tongue has the power of life and death.” Our word choices reflect the quality of relationships and determine the trajectory of them- whether they continue to wither or grow.

Consider the relational dynamic in some couples you know. Whether a couple has been thriving for years or making strides towards restoration, you will see three disciplines in action: listening, serving and building. Listening is the discipline of giving ear to your spouse’s concerns. Serving has to do with giving time and effort for physical needs while building has to do with giving words that encourage and strengthen spiritually. The common denominator is they are selfless disciplines that help keep love alive. Since Christ modeled selflessness, we can see how centering our lives in Christ is pivotal for keeping and making marriages like new.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” In Christ we are promised new hearts having new outlooks that free us to selflessly and wholeheartedly listen, serve and encourage our spouses.

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