Gillis Triplett Edited by Coach AbbeyG

2. Are You Able To Forgive?

You are not ready to be in a relationship until you are able to forgive those who have offended or hurt you. If you are the type of person who can hold a grudge or harbor resentment or hard feelings, pull yourself off the market! You are a danger to yourself and to your potential mate, (See Mark 11:24-26 and Matthew 18:21-22).

3. Have You Examined Your Flesh?

As Director of The Naked Truth Seminars, I frequently meet Christians who were sexually active in times past, (See I Corinthians 6:9-11). Dreadfully, many of them contracted sexually transmitted diseases. But because they were classified by medical science as being asymptomatic, (which means they had no symptoms) they had no idea of their alarming dilemma.

I could share countless heart-gripping horror stories of husbands and wives who ended up infecting their spouses with…

• HIV/AIDS • Chlamydia
• (HPV) Human Papilloma Virus • Syphilis
• Gonorrhea • Trichomoniasis
• Hepatitis B • Mononucleosis
• Herpes Simplex Virus  

If you were sexually active in the past and have not taken a battery of tests for sexually transmitted diseases, pull yourself off the market. Even if you have no symptoms to speak and even if you practiced safe sex, GET TESTED! If you fail or refuse to do so, you are guilty of jeopardizing the physical safety of another human being. God forbid, but what if you did contract the HIV/AIDS virus, Chlamydia or HPV but are asymptomatic?

4. Have You Learned The Art of Communication?

We are literally inundated with books, DVDs, CDs, therapists and marriage counselors attempting to help troubled couples learn how to talk to each other. An art they should have learned prior to saying, “I do!” Here’s what they didn’t learn before exchanging wedding vows, but you must:

• Proper listening skills
• How to respect another person’s opinion or point of view
• Talking and communicating non argumentatively
• Admitting when you are wrong
• Saying, “I’m sorry,” when the moment requires
• How to disagree honorably
• How to speak the truth in love
• When to remain silent
• How to diffuse tense moments

To be continued! Look out for PART 3. You don’t want to miss it …

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