Keeping Our Best Friend StatusThursday, March 13, 2014
That is what my husband and I decided to do…to give our marriage top priority. And, what we discovered is that being best friends with each other is one of the greatest perks to have in marriage! Not only do we get to love and live with our best friend, we have a built in encourager as we face every challenge and joy in our day! We don’t have to handle things alone, we have a best friend who is by our side.
One of the main things we have learned about friendship over the years is that to have a friend, we need to be a friend. The things that we desire from friendship are quite often the things that our spouses want as well because the human heart longs for healthy companionship. A great exercise is to make a list of the qualities that say “best friend” to you, and then be that friend for your husband or wife.
“Do to others as you would like them to do to you” (Luke 6:31).
The list of things that have developed and kept our friendship with each other as a “best friend status” is simple, really. Each is based on mutual respect and the desire to have all God intends for our marriage.
- Make being best friends a priority
- Put the marriage friendship first
- Have fun together
- Encourage one another
- Listen to each other
- Don’t judge or make demands
- Forgive and extend grace
- Show respect and honor for each other
- Make and spend time together
- Take an interest in what your spouse enjoys
- Be honest and hold each other accountable
- Love one another
Celebrating life with my best friend,
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