The Secret to L.O.V.E.

We once had some very odd neighbors. Odd is not an insult; it's a correct analysis! Here's why – every fall, a crudely constructed cardboard sign was erected in their front yard which read, "Love Potion #9 For Sale." We mused if the potion would help someone love you or maybe it was the perfect formula to make you love someone! If the latter were true, I may want to buy a flask because loving someone, well, is often tricky. So, without cost, I offer you my very own "Love Potion #Mine!"

To love someone well, develop and foster these 4 activities in your relationship!

1. L – Listen

Listen more than you talk. The best way to say "I love you" is to keep your mouth shut! To be an audience who listens rather than a speaker who demands to be heard is one way to say, "I love you." It does not mean we do not speak, it means we are slow to speak (James 1: 19). Our first priority is to be slow to speak and instead listen to the beloved.

To listen – to really hear – is to show value. It shows you are willing to regard their opinion as highly as you value your own. When you listen, you hear far more than words. You hear a person's heart. So, slow down on the talking and assume a listener's position.

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