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Every Christian couple should know that the success and strength of their marriage can only come from making Jesus as the center of their lives together. The virtues and lessons that He has given us all are powerful tools to create a harmonious and long lasting relationship.

1. Acceptance

Nobody is perfect. We all have our weaknesses and flaws. Accept your spouse for who he or she really is, and do not try to change each other.

2. Caring

Take the time to cuddle, talk and hold hands with your spouse just like when you were dating. Say “I love you”: every day and do nice things for each other to show that you care.

3. Commitment

Couples should commit themselves fully to the marriage and work hand-in-hand in creating a stronger bond with each other.

4. Compassion

Couples should be sensitive to each other’s feelings and be ready to console and support one another in times of pain, problems and difficulties.

5. Consideration

When you are married, you no longer make decisions just for yourself. Couples should consider each other’s opinions and talk about every decision that needs to be made.

6. Contentment

You can dream for better things in the future but you should also learn to be happy and content with what you already have.

7. Cooperation

Christian relationships are strongest when husband and wife work as a team. These couples work together and not against each other through every challenge they have to face.

8. Dignity

Valuing each one’s dignity will help couples to stay true to their vows, because they do not want to do anything to ruin their vows.

9. Encouragement

Couples should learn to encourage each other to go for the things that make them happy. They should be able to lift each other up in times when they need it the most.

10. Fairness

Every decision made by the couple should be fair for both husband and wife. Everything is shared between them.

11. Faith

When a married couple has faith in God and takes the time to pray together, they build a spiritual bond that brings them closer to God and to each other.

12. Flexibility

Christian couples should learn to compromise, adjust and make sacrifices to maintain the harmony in their relationship.

13. Forgiveness

Everybody makes mistakes. And if a husband and wife truly love each other, then they would be ready to forgive each one, if they really want to make their relationship work.

14. Generosity

In a Christian marriage, a man and a woman should be willing to give the needs of their spouse. Whether it be material things, time together or even sex, each one should gladly provide it.

15. Gratitude

The best Christian marriage advice that I can give you is to learn to say “Thank you” to your spouse. Showing appreciation will do wonders for your relationship.

16. Helpfulness

Things become so much easier when couples help each other with their tasks and responsibilities. Couples should always be ready to help their spouse whenever they can.

17. Honesty

Couples should be able to talk about anything with their partner. Being honest about how you feel about every situation will help you both resolve every issue you have to face.

18. Hope

Husband and wife should be each other’s source of hope and optimism. This helps them both to keep moving forward despite the trials that may come.

19. Joyfulness

Take the time to laugh and play with your spouse. Avoid dwelling on the negative things and try to make every moment together into a happy memory.

20. Kindness

Couples should learn to be nice to each other. Avoid hurtful words, shouting and offensive actions. If you really love someone you will not do anything to upset them or make them feel less loved.

21. Love

Even if a couple fights, they should remind themselves of their love for each other and allow this to guide them through every situation.

22. Loyalty

Couples should be loyal to one another and not do anything to destroy the promise they made before God.

23. Patience

In times of misunderstandings and shortcomings, couples should not let anger and frustration overcome them. Instead, they should be patient with each other focus on resolving the issues together.

24. Reliability

Couples should be able to rely on each other in times of need. Each one is the other person’s support system and source of strength.

25. Respect

A Christian couple should always treat each other with respect to show how they value one another.

26. Responsibility

Both men and women in a Christian marriage have their own responsibility. And each one should do their part to maintain a healthy relationship.

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