Generally, relationships have been recognised to be how two people behave when they are (romantically) involved with each other with the resulting aim of marital bliss. This is the bedrock of every marriage when considering how God had designed the (marriage) institution. To further establish this; there are 10 qualities which young people are advised to have (and develop) in order to have a successful marriage:

  1. Trust
  2. Honesty
  3. Respect
  4. Communication
  5. Loyalty
  6. Happiness
  7. Compromise
  8. Safety
  9. Independence
  10. Partnership

Upon briefly establishing the critical role relationships play in successful marriages, there is also a need to understand the expectations of the parties involved.

What Is Expected of a Single Man?

He must have a sense of responsibility especially in taking good care of his spouse (1 Peter 3:7). A man must also be intentionally caring (Colossians 3:19). He must work; before a man says ‘I do’, he must be a provider (Genesis 2:15; 2 Thessalonians 3:10). And he should consistently add value to himself by continuously learning to become better at everything he does.

What Is Expected of a Single Woman?

First of all, if you are not ready to play the role of a wife, do not bother getting married (Ephesians 5:22 – 23, 1 Peter 3:1 – 2). Be dedicated to God and establish a relationship with Him. A woman should be independent and resourceful (Proverbs 31:12 – 27). She should learn to be tolerant of the things to come ahead in marriage (Proverbs 14:1).

Remember, no one (man or woman) is the perfect relationship partner, everyone has flaws. To guarantee relationship success is to be ever-learning. Your mindset determines your success.


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