In George Barna’s Book – Future Cast, he pointed out critical characteristics of couples with long-lasting marriages, he built on the findings of the research conducted by social scientists on marriage and family dynamics.
The following are some of those characteristics; a. The age difference between husband and wife was not too wide. b. The couples got married from the age of twenty-five and above. c. Couple did not have children from relationships until they got married. d. The couple shared the same desire to have children. e. Both partners came from homes where their parent had not been divorced. f. Neither of the partners was previously married. g. The couples were not on the edge financially. h. Either both partners smoked or neither did.
Even though the above were the deductions from the research, responsibility still rested largely on the partners to make their marriages work. I have seen some cases where the couple had some of the above-listed characteristics, yet failed in their relationships. In the same vein, there are some who don’t have the characteristics, yet made success out of their marriages. The truth is, anybody intending to get married must have the right understanding of the purpose of marriage. The results of the above research actually holds true for most successful marriages you will ever come across. I don’t want someone who is lacking in one or two of the characteristics to conclude that s/he will never have a successful marriage. It is essential that you have a good understanding of the purpose of marriage; then, you need to know what it entails and your motives for getting married. There are also some indices that determine how successful your marriage will turn out. Understanding that; a. It is a covenant relationship, between the man, the woman and God (the author of the marriage institution) b. It requires commitment from both parties for the marriage to work c. It requires loyalty (selfless devotion to the other person) from both parties d. It requires maturity (spiritual, psychological, physical) e. Both parties need to develop the ability to withstand setbacks f. Flexibility is a skill that both parties must develop will increase your chances of having a successful marriage.
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