| December 26, 2008 at 02:37 am
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Most people believe that love is an emotion, and that is true, but emotions are largely created by our perceptions. One of the most important keys for long term love is to choose to love your spouse even when they are not being like-able.
Every person understands love best when it is communicated in one of those ways. The problem is that most couples are made up of two different communication styles.
Making love a lifetime: A biblical perspective...
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, It does not boast, It is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, the will cease; where there are tongues, they will stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
What makes love last a lifetime? Affection? Yep. Respect? Sure. But a great relationship is not just about what you have. It's about what you do to make a relationship stronger, safer, more caring and committed. Every couple needs to take certain steps -- six, to be precise -- that turn the two of you into not just you and me but we. You may not move through all the steps in order, and you may circle back to complete certain steps again (and again and again). But if you make it through them all, you'll be well on your way toward creating a relationship that will be your shelter as long as you both shall live. Here's how to make your "forever" fantastic.