Marital Communication Principles
- I am always communicating – even when I am silent.
- I must allow my words and my nonverbal actions to communicate the same message.
- I must make our home a loving home which offers the security my spouse needs in order for my spouse to share his/ her innermost thoughts.
- I must not allow troublesome relationships outside my marriage interfere with communication.
- I must maintain close physical contact, when I am seriously communicating with my spouse.
- I must develop my listening skills and try not to interrupt my spouse when I communicate.
- I will focus on the problem and will not attack my spouse when I communicate.
- I will be responsible for initiating communication.
- I will make sure what I say is true and endeavor to communicate it in love.
- I will be aware of my tone of voice, my inflection and volume when I communicate.
- I will endeavor to avoid nagging and complaining when I communicate.
- I will endeavor to use kind words and be a source of my spouse’s happiness.
Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Proverbs 18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Lord, You know I want to communicate with my spouse in a kind and loving way. Remind me of these principles as I communicate. I realize that You are the only One who can help me communicate properly.