What Does it Take to Have a Solid Marriage? (Marriage Unhindered)

Doug Hinderer shares his list of core ingredients that make a marriage not just survive but thrive in holiness. Let’s explore his top pillars for a solid and lasting marriage: You can check out the entire episode here!

  1. Commitment: The Unbreakable Bond 💍
  • Beyond “I Do”: It’s not just saying “till death do us part.” True commitment means being ready to work hard and fix what’s broken.
  • No Exit Strategy: Enter marriage with a mindset of absolute commitment. No matter what life throws at you, you’re in it together.

2. Empathy: Walking in Each Other’s Shoes 👟❤️

  • Seeing Through Their Eyes: Understand your spouse’s feelings, worries, and joys. This requires deep insight and time.
  • Quality Time: Prioritize moments to just be present with each other, even if it feels like wasting time. It’s about connection, not productivity.
  • Inspired by Jesus: Remember, Jesus was never in a hurry and always had time for others. Emulate that patience and presence in your marriage.

3. Humility: The Power of Saying “I’m Sorry” 🙇‍♂️💬

  • Admit When You’re Wrong: Embrace your mistakes and seek to improve. Blaming your spouse won’t solve anything.
  • Look in the Mirror: Focus on your flaws rather than trying to fix your spouse. Humility opens the door to genuine growth and love.

4. Forgiveness: The Healing Balm 💔🕊️

  • Small and Big: Whether it’s forgetting the milk or something more serious, forgiveness is essential.
  • Heroic Forgiveness: Sometimes, you’ll need to forgive in a profound way to heal deep wounds. This practice is crucial for enduring love.

💡 Doug’s Wisdom in a Nutshell: Marriage is a journey with bumps and potholes, but by embracing commitment, empathy, humility, and forgiveness, you can smooth out the ride and sanctify your life through your marriage.

So, whether you’re newlyweds or celebrating decades together, these timeless truths can help you navigate the complexities of marriage and keep your love unhindered! 🚀✨

Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at relevantradio.com and on the Relevant Radio® app.