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Love 101: 5 Things What Every Couple Wants. The love between Mr. and Mrs. Johnson has started waning! Butterflies have stopped flapping their wings in their tummies, no more anticipation and goose pimples! What are they missing? Love is the foundation of any relationship, but what does it really take to make a relationship thrive? In this devotional, we will explore the essential wants of couples and how understanding these needs can lead to a fulfilling and long-lasting partnership.

Love 101: 5 Things What Every Couple Wants.

1. Love

1Co 13:13 (GNB)
Meanwhile these three remain: faith, hope, and love; and the greatest of these is love.

Love is one of the most important things that couples want from one another, as it is the foundation of any relationship. This kind of love is characterized by patience, kindness, selflessness, and forgiveness.

How do you show love?

a. Actions: Examples are cooking a meal for them, doing a household chore, or planning a surprise date.
b. Words: Expressing your feelings, and giving compliments deliberately 
c. Listening: Giving them your full attention, and practicing empathic listening.

2. Respect

Eph 5:33 (GNB)
But it also applies to you: every husband must love his wife as himself, and every wife must respect her husband.

This means treating one another with kindness, consideration, and dignity and not belittling or speaking down to each other.

How do you show respect?

a. Words: Use polite language, avoid name-calling, and speak kindly.
b. Actions: Ask for their opinions, and value their ideas and feelings.
c. Boundaries: Not invading their space during work deadlines or intense studies and being sensitive to special moments.

Love 101: 5 Things What Every Couple Wants.

3. Support

Pro 31:11-12 (MSG)
Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. [12] Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long.

This means being a source of strength and encouragement, helping each other when needed, and being willing to listen and understand feelings.

How do you give support?

a. Actions: Being there when they needed, helping with tasks, and being a sounding board for ideas and feelings.
b. Words: Tell your partner that you believe in them, that you are proud of them, and that you will be there for them. This can be very powerful. 
c. Active listening: Listening to your partner when they talk, not interrupting, and being understanding.

4. Honesty:

Proverbs 12:22
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.

Couples want to be in a relationship built on trust, and for them to be honest. This means being truthful in words and actions, and not hiding things or keeping secrets.

How do you show honesty?

a. Words: Being truthful in what you say, not hiding things, and being transparent in your actions.
b. Actions: Being consistent in what you say and do, and being accountable for your actions.
c. Transparency: Being open about your thoughts, feelings, and actions and being willing to share information with your partner.

5. Faithfulness:

Hebrews 13:4
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.

Everybody wants their partner to be faithful to them. This means remaining committed to the relationship and not engaging in physical or emotional infidelity.

How do you show faithfulness?

a. Words: Tell your partner that you are committed to their relationship and that you will be loyal.
b. Actions: Avoid situations that may lead to infidelity, such as spending time alone with someone you are attracted to, and being physically and emotionally intimate only with your spouse. Note that physical intimacy is not for singles! 
c. Boundaries: Setting clear boundaries for what is and isn’t acceptable in the relationship, and being aware of potential temptations.

I will stop here this morning! I hope you are blessed.

What are the new things you learned? Drop comments and let me know! 


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