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Communication in Marriage: The Power of Listening and Speaking Truth

Updated: Aug 30, 2023

Effective communication strengthens a marriage and a lack of communication tanks it. Open and honest communication enable couples to understand, support, and grow together. Ephesians 4:29 states, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Grace shared in marriage is grace received.

The Power of Listening:

Active listening creates an environment that fosters open communication and understanding. In marriage, listening to our spouse's thoughts, feelings, and concerns undergirds trust and emotional intimacy. Taking the time to actively listen shows that we value and respect our partner's perspective. Proverbs 18:13 reminds us, "To answer before listening—that is folly and shame." By listening first and responding thoughtfully, we promote healthy dialogue and avoid misunderstandings.

Speaking Truth in Love:

Ephesians 4:15 encourages us to speak the truth in love. Honesty is the foundation of a strong and lifelong marriage. Both love and truth work together for the growth of the marriage. While honesty can be uncomfortable at times, speaking with love and gentleness allows for constructive conversations without causing unnecessary harm. Colossians 3:12-13 asserts, "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." Combining love and truth offers pathways to understanding and forgiveness.

Promoting Growth and Maturity:

Since Christ it the foundation of a godly marriage, speaking the truth in love promotes a safe space for maturity. Healthy communication nurtures emotional connection and spiritual unity, enabling couples to navigate challenges and celebrate triumphs together. Just like the Father, Son, and Spirit are one, marriage founded on Biblical principles unifies the believing couple and enables them to grow together in their faith.

Open and honest communication in marriage transforms two spouses into the image of Christ. By actively listening to our spouse and speaking the truth in love, we build a foundation of trust, understanding, and support. Prioritizing communication in marriage fosters a deep and lasting connection and paints a picture of Christ’s love for us.

2 Steps to Grow:

Develop a culture of open and honest communication early and maintain it.

Validate each other and their feelings in love and truth.

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