HOW TO REKINDLE YOUR ROMANCE

The Secrets of a Satisfying Marriage-Part 9

Revelation 2:4-5

Rev. 2:4-5 "You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you've fallen. Repent and do the things you did first."

How a Relationship Deteriorates

Romance--> Reality--> Rut--> Resentment--> Regret

HOW TO REKINDLE YOUR "FIRST LOVE"

(the Five Ingredients)

1. Attention-(intellectual intimacy)

"...Live together in love, as though you had only one mind and one spirit between you... Look to each other's interests, not merely your own." Phil 2:2;4 (Ph/NEB)

2. Affirmation-(emotional intimacy)

"Give encouragement to each other and keep strengthening each other." IThes. 5:11 (JB)

"...take delight in honoring each other." Rom 12:1 (LB) (Verbalize your love each day)

3. Affection- (physical intimacy)

"Husbands,...be affectionate!" Eph. 5:19(Amp)

"The love a man gives his wife is the extending of his love for himself to enfold her." Eph 5:28b (Ph)

"Issac was sporting with Rebekkah his wife." Gen. 26:8 (KJV)

("tsachaq" - "to fondle or caress playfully")

4. Adventure- ( recreational intimacy)

"Enjoy life with your wife whom you love..." Eccl. 9:9

"...God richly provides us with everything for enjoyment. 1 Tim. 6:17

"Jesus came enjoying life..." Matt. 11:19(Ph)

5. accordance- (spiritual intimacy)

"If we are living in the light of God's presence...then we have wonderful fellowship and joy with each other..." 1 John 1:7 (LB)