5. You Have Each Other’s Back
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No one is happy in a marriage where their partner makes them feel unsupported, or where their partner stands beside them in the good times but leaves them hanging out on a limb alone in the bad times. Those in strong unions have each other’s back in the easy and hard times alike.
You can show your spouse support in many different ways. For example, you show support when you stand by your spouse’s choice in a matter, even if you don’t necessarily agree with that choice.
You also show your spouse support by speaking your love to your spouse on a regular basis, and by acting like someone he or she can count on in moments of doubt or conflict. In addition, you have your spouse’s back when you do what it takes to make things easier when your beloved is struggling with some aspect of life, even if that means rescheduling or outright canceling events in your own.
You can also show solidarity by celebrating your spouse’s wins and by commiserating during his or her losses.
Importantly, you can fortify your marital bond by asserting respectful yet firm boundaries with anyone who routinely disrespects your spouse or causes tension in your marriage.
Asserting boundaries can be especially challenging when dealing with relatives or close friends. However, maintaining strong boundaries within and around your marriage bolsters unity at the core of thriving marriages. Protecting your marriage from those who cause division within the marriage—whether intentionally or not—also upholds God’s Word that a husband and wife are to form their own family unit and become one flesh (Genesis 2:24).
Every couple who walks down the aisle wants to be a part of a happy and healthy marriage. With dedication and commitment grounded in love and respect for one another, every couple can meet that worthy goal.
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