– by Mike Murdoch

God loves marriage. It was His design from the very beginning and it is His intention that you marry the right person so that you may have a fruitful partnership in His Kingdom. Marriage is sowing ground where you sow your patience, love, enthusiasm and watch it multiply in those around you who celebrate your presence.

God Will Never Give You A Gift That Will Replace Him
A mate is not designed to produce your joy. The presence of God creates your joy. “In Thy presence is fullness of joy”” Psalm 16:11. Your mate is a gift from God to you. That gift is intended to protect your focus, reduce distractions and create a climate of protection.

Points to consider:

  1. Think Twice If You Do Not Possess A Passionate Desire To Give To Them.
  2. Think Twice If They Do Not Possess A Passionate Desire To Give Back To You.
  3. Think Twice If Your Personal Achievements Do Not Create Excitement In Them.
  4. Think Twice If They Have Not Been Captivated By What Has Captivated You.
  5. Think Twice If You Have Lost Your Desire To Impress Them.
  6. Think Twice If They Never Ask Quality Questions Concerning Your Greatest Dreams And Goals.
  7. Think Twice If You Do Not See Continuous Improvement In The Relationship.
  8. Think Twice If They Show Little Remorse Concerning Their Past Mistakes And Sins.
  9. Think Twice If They Enjoy The Climate And Atmosphere Of Rebels.
  10. Think Twice If They Have An Obsession To Attract The Attention Of The Opposite Sex.
  11. Think Twice If Breaking The Law Is Exciting To Them.
  12. Think Twice If They Show Little Respect For The Agenda And Schedule Of Others.
  13. Think Twice When They Embrace An Accusation Against You Before They Have Heard Your Side Of The Matter.
  14. Think Twice If They Have Not Exited Previous Relationships Peaceably.
  15. Think Twice If Their Parents Have Contempt For You Or Your Assignment In Life.
  16. Think Twice If They Refuse To Sit Consistently Under The Mentorship Of A Spiritual Leader.
  17. Think Twice If Pebble Problems Unleash Mountains Of Anger In Them.
  18. Think Twice If They Refuse To Find A Job. It Is A Sin Not To Work.
  19. Think Twice If Their Own Dreams Are Not Big Enough To Motivate Them.
  20. Think Twice If They Are Uncomfortable In The Presence Of God.
  21. Think Twice If They Feel Inferior To You.
  22. Think Twice If They Do Not Long To Understand And Pleasure You.
  23. Think Twice If Continuous Strife Exists Between Them And Their Parents. Think Twice If They Treat The Favour Of Others With Ingratitude.
  24. Think Twice If They Do Not Hunger To Know The Voice Of God.
  25. Think Twice If You Are Not Excited About Introducing Them To Those You Love.
  26. Think Twice If They Show Little Respect For The Battles You Have Won Throughout Your Lifetime.
  27. Think Twice If Conversation With Them Has Become Burdensome.
  28. Think Twice If They Make The Major Decisions Of Their Life Without Pursuing Your Feedback.
  29. Think Twice If Your Time Spent With Them Always Ends With Guilt Or Disappointment.
  30. Think Twice If You Only Enjoy Them During Your Moments Of Weakness Instead Of Your Moments Of Strength.
  31. Think Twice If They Continuously Give You Counsel Contrary To The Word Of God.
  32. Think Twice If You Cannot Trust Them With The Knowledge Of Your Greatest Weakness.
  33. Think Twice If You Cannot Trust Them With Your Finances. Think Twice If You Cannot Trust Them With Your Greatest Fears Or Secrets.
  34. Think Twice If You Cannot Trust Them To Pursue God Without Your Constant Encouragement.

Article adapted from JOY! Magazine.

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