This You Tube video features marriage tips given by Pastor Tony Evans. In this video Dr Evans talks on the subject of “How to Strengthen Your Family.” But strengthening the family starts with making sure the marriage is strengthened first. It’s important to note:
“Your child is influenced by the state of your marriage connection. The more warmth and love between you and your spouse, the happier and healthier your child is. The more alienated your relationship, the more your child can be affected. This truth is a result of God’s design. God created marriage to connect people in a deep way that reflects His passion for people. Children are a fruit of that love and connection.” (Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend)
“Don’t worry that your children never listen to you; worry that they’re always watching you.” (Robert Fulgham) “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1-2) “This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)
In this video Tony Evans talks about the marriage and the family being “God’s personal portrait or painting of the family as He intended it.”
Tony Evans on Ways to Strengthen Your Marriage
Also, Dr Evans talks about the “proper atmosphere” that is needed within the marriage so the family can be strengthened. To create this atmosphere, you must start with a personal commitment to God. God’s role in your marriage is especially important “when your marriage is miserable.”
Additionally, Pastor Evans talks about “fixing” the inhabitants of the home. This, of course, takes us back to God. If anyone is going to have wisdom on how to fix themselves, it is going to be through God-given wisdom. That is because man’s wisdom is short sighted. Our focus is misplaced. Are we focused on what we can do? Or are we focused on what God can do in and through ordinary human beings? We have to put first things first, if we are going to be successful in this mission.
It’s important to note something else Dr Evan said about this mission:
“Most people today view marriage as a means of looking for love, happiness, and fulfillment. Make no mistake about it, those things are important. Those things are critical. They are just not the most important, or the most critical. Yet because we have made second things first, as important as second things are, we are having trouble finding anything at all.
“Marriage is a covenant. It is a covenantal union designed to strengthen the capacity of each partner to carry out the plan of God in their lives.”
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