I love it when science proves God's word is true. Even in the area of relationships.
One of our frontline moms sent me this article today: (Thanks, Gretchen!)
Science Says Lasting Relationships Come Down To 2 Basic Traits
It is absolutely fantastic. Kindness and generosity are the secrets to lasting love.
Please read this article for yourself and then send it on to your children. This is the kind of training material we need to get to them before they're married!
Here is a list of scriptures that backs up why these researchers found this to be true:
Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Proverbs 3:3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
Ephesians 5:28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
Ephesians 5:33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
Proverbs 27:15–16 A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day; restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand.
Proverbs 22:9 A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
Proverbs 11:24-25 One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
2 Corinthians 9:6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
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