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3 Things Your Spouse Needs to Hear

These simple, heartfelt statements will deepen your love for each other.
By Mark Haines


I did

At our wedding ceremony, I chose you to be my spouse.
I promised to live with you according to God’s holy Word.
  On that life-changing day, I promised to love you,
to comfort you,
to honor and keep you.
I swore to stand by you
for better or worse,
in sickness and in health.
At our wedding I renounced all others
and promised to give myself to only you, so long as we both shall live.
The pastor said, “Will you take this one?”
and I did.

I do

Today, I choose you to be my spouse.
I promise to continue living with you according to God’s holy Word.
On this ordinary day of our life together, I promise to keep on loving you,
to keep on comforting you,
to keep on honoring and keeping you.
Today, I am standing by you
for better or worse,
in sickness and in health.
Today and every day, I renounce all others
(no websites, no magazines, no videos, no lingering leers, or secret meetings).
I give myself to you and only you, so long as we both shall live.
People may ask, “Will you take this one?”
and, you must know, I do.

I always will

Tomorrow and every day God gives us, I will choose you to be my spouse.
I will continue living with you according to God’s holy Word.
Every day we share by God’s grace, I promise to always love you,
to always comfort you,
to to always honor and keep you.
As long as I have breath, I will stand by you
for better or worse,
in sickness and in health.
I will always renounce all others
and always give myself to only you, so long as we both shall live.
Our great-grandchildren may ask, “Will you take this one?”
and, you can count on this, I always will.

I did.  I do.  I always will.  Your spouse needs to hear these three things and you need to say them as you gaze into his or her eyes.

 

© 2012 Mark Haines. Used with permission.

Mark Haines is a pastor in the Great Lakes Bay region of Michigan. This article originally appeared on his blog, Q&A with Pastor Mark Haines.

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