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2 Why did you come to this marriage retreat? What do you expect to get out of this retreat? Do you plan on using any of the information given from this retreat? []absolutely []hopefully []maybe []no

3 Communication through Love dlbministries

4 Communication through Love Ephesians 4:15 Contemporary English Version (CEV) 15 Love should always make us tell the truth. Then we will grow in every way and be more like Christ, the head Ephesians 4:15 New Living Translation (NLT) 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Ephesians 4:15New International Version (NIV) 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

5 Communication through Love How would you describe your marriage in one paragraph, sentence, and one word How have you matured within your marriage? How would your spouse answer this question? What does God have to say about your marriage?

6 God Says! Mark 10:8 The Message (MSG) 5-9 Jesus said, Moses wrote this command only as a concession to your hardhearted ways. In the original creation, God made male and female to be together. Because of this, a man leaves father and mother, and in marriage he becomes one flesh with a womanno longer two individuals, but forming a new unity. Because God created this organic union of the two sexes, no one should desecrate his art by cutting them apart.

7 Conflict 101 A conflict is more than just a disagreement. It is a situation in which one or both parties perceive a threat (whether or not the threat is real). Conflicts continue to fester when ignored. Because conflicts involve perceived threats to our well-being and survival, they stay with us until we face and resolve them. We respond to conflicts based on our perceptions of the situation, not necessarily to an objective review of the facts. Our perceptions are influenced by our life experiences, culture, values, and beliefs. Conflicts trigger strong emotions. If you arent comfortable with your emotions or able to manage them in times of stress, you wont be able to resolve conflict successfully. Conflicts are an opportunity for growth. When youre able to resolve conflict in a relationship, it builds trust. You can feel secure knowing your relationship can survive challenges and disagreements.

8 How to Communicate if You Are Angry Stop. If you get really angry about something, stop, take a step back and breathe. Give yourself time to calm down by watching TV, talking to a friend, playing a video game, taking a walk, listening to some music or whatever helps you relax. Taking a break can keep the situation from getting worse. Think. After youre no longer upset, think about the situation and why you got so angry. Was it how your partner spoke or something they did? Figure out the real problem then think about how to explain your feelings. Talk. Finally, talk to your partner and when you do, follow the tips above. Listen. After you tell your partner how you feel, remember to stop talking and listen to what they have to say. You both deserve the opportunity to express how you feel in a safe and healthy environment.

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10 Communication through Love How do you define love? Typically a persons definition derives from their experience.

11 I cant love like this on my own 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 New Living Translation (NLT) 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Ephesians 5:24-25New Living Translation (NLT) 24 As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything. 25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her

12 Communication through Love Romans 5:5 New Living Translation (NLT) 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love. Luke 6:45 New Living Translation (NLT) 45 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.

13 2 Timothy 1:7 New King James Version (NKJV) 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

14 Matthew 13:19 New Living Translation (NLT) 19 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and dont understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts.

15 1 John 4:18 The Message (MSG) God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that were free of worry on Judgment Dayour standing in the world is identical with Christs. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful lifefear of death, fear of judgmentis one not yet fully formed in love. 1 John 4:18 New Living Translation (NLT) 18 Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.

16 1 John 4:17 New Living Translation (NLT) 17 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. 1 John 2:5 Common English Bible (CEB) 5 But the love of God is truly perfected in whoever keeps his word. This is how we know we are in him.

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18 love languages Words of Affirmation - unsolicited compliments Physical Touch - provides a sense of security and belonging Acts of Service - feeling supported through helpful actions Quality Time - giving spouse undivided attention Receiving Gifts - visual representations of love; not materialism

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