A relationship is not the easiest connection to maintain. Adequate attention and nurturing is required to sustain its health. Ideally, both parties should possess a giving-spirit, patience, be empathetic and willing to put forth maximum effort towards the furtherance of their union. However, the most essential ingredient that ensures the good health and longevity of any relationship is the welcoming of the ALMIGHTY into the equation. The LORD must come first and abide through and through.
Regarding a GOD-fearing man and woman who are courting; each with the desire for marriage:
If you have been seeking the affection, delight and fondness of the one you desire you will NEVER truly attain it on a long-standing basis if that individual does not consistently see and experience the glory of GOD in you. However, with this revelation now, your motivation for glorifying GOD cannot be to ascertain your beloved's affection and attention. Your intentions toward the ALMIGHTY must be pure (a submitted heart is required) in order for you to truly be blessed and come into the blissful promises that GOD has made you. Reference: Matthew 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of GOD and HIS righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" Simply put: once you truly desire to be like CHRIST and passionately begin seeking to please our HEAVENLY FATHER with all of your heart (How? read 2 Peter 1:1-11 paying particular attention to verses 5-10, James 2:14-26, 1 Corinthians 13 and Galatians 5 especially verses 16-26) all of your heart's desires will just automatically start coming to you. It'll be like flies to waste (for lack of a better word *smile). The latter part of Psalm 84:11 (NLT) says "...The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right."
Need that spiritual pick-me-up during the week? Many of us could use some uplifting