Is Genuine Love Permanent?

Item 8: If a couple is genuinely in love, that condition is permanent--lasting a lifetime--true or false?

1.  Dr. Dobson states: "Love, even genuine love, is a fragile thing.  It must be maintained and protected if it is to survive."  If you are married identify and list three to five things you have experienced in your marriage that put a strain on your loving feelings.  List three to five experiences that definitely strengthened your love for your spouse. (If you are engaged, or dating on a steady basis, try talking together about this and identifying problems that could put a strain on a love relationship within marriage.)

2.  Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 in as many versions as possible.  From this Bible passage write a prescription for strengthening love.

3.  Quickly go through your activities of the past few days.  Based on what you did, decide where your marriage rates on your value scale.  Is it getting scraps and leftovers from your busy schedule?  Or are you treating your marriage as something of great worth?  Make a "to do" list for the next three days.  Take into account your work load, demand of your family, etc.  Does your "to do" list include times with your spouse?  Will you give these times number 1 priority?  Why?  Why not?

Emotions, Can You Trust Them?

By Dr. James Dobson

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