4. Learn how to commit.
One of the major obstacles for relationships seems to be an obstacle of commitment. For some reason, the word commitment has adopted a negative connotation and tends to scare couples away from devoting their lives solely to one another. However, I’d like to encourage you to be intentional in considering a lasting commitment with your significant other.
If the Lord has brought you together, and has shown you that your relationship is part of His will, take the necessary steps towards committing your future to one another. Don’t let fear or doubt stand in the way of moving forward with blessing. This is a seriously intentional thing, but it can be a wonderful way to solidify your devotion to one another. For one thing, commitment establishes trust, and trust is crucial to a healthy and lasting relationship. And when you actually verbalize your commitment to one another, you eliminate the unease that sometimes surrounds noncommittal relationships. It is so important that you and your significant be on the same page and proceed as the Lord leads.
Commit yourselves first to the Lord, and then to each other. By doing this, your relationship will be on its way to not only surviving, but thriving. Discuss your beliefs and ask the hard questions. Dig deep to find out if your significant other is on the same page as you. I realize this can be somewhat scary, especially if you find you aren’t in agreement. However, gain a right perspective concerning commitment and allow it to be an exciting possibility moving forward.
We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer. People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives. Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:1-3
Significant others are true blessings in our lives. They afford us companionship, camaraderie, and hopefully, lasting commitment. Be intentional about time spent with them, and go beyond the surface stuff of life. Your relationship will only be strengthened when you learn to appreciate one another’s gifts, communicate well, and commit to one another according to God’s will.
Jennifer Waddle considers herself a Kansas girl, married to a Colorado hunk, with a heart to encourage women everywhere. She is the author of several books, including Prayer WORRIER: Turning Every Worry into Powerful Prayer, and is a regular contributor for LifeWay, Crosswalk, and Abide. Jennifer’s online ministry is EncouragementMama.com, where you can find her books and sign up for her Encourage Letter, “Discouragement Doesn’t Win.” She resides with her family near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains—her favorite place on earth.
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