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5 Keys to a Stronger Relationship

December 16, 2014, 3:13 PM

Our homes are under attack.  Our marriages and families in particular are suffering from the effects of a sin cursed world.

Here are 5 keys I believe can help make any relationship (whether they be marital, parental or other) stronger.

1.  A Kind Word

We consistently underestimate the power of a kind word and the venom of angry or mean words.  The old saying “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”  just isn’t true. 

Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”

2.  A Loving Embrace

I am not speaking about a romantically motivated or sexual touch.  There is little more effective than a gentle touch, pat on the back or hug to show love and support.  Parents, research tells us that we aught to be embracing our children multiple times a day.  The same applies to our spouses, family and friends.  God shows us a touch of His love daily and demonstrated His great love in the greatest way, the gift of His Son.

3.  A Listening Ear

God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason.  Taking time is one of the greatest ways to convey love for a spouse or a child.  Much of that time should be spent just listening to them.

4.  A Shared Prayer

The last thing satan wants any person to do is to pray.  While it may seem cliche, it is true that a family that prays together stays together.  Whether it be with family, a friend or a stranger, it is difficult to be angry and hostile with each other when you are praying with each other.

5.  A Common Focus

A common focus will draw us together as we hone in on the focal point.  Any common focus will do this to a point, but ultimately it is the focusing Jesus Christ and goals and tasks He has set before us that draw us the closest together.  As we draw close to Jesus we will draw closer together.

Philippians 2:5  "Let this mind be in you; which was also in Christ Jesus."