If there is one important thing that is missing from so many marriages, it is friendship. Not many spouses can say that their significant other is their best friend. Even if you don’t arrive to that place, there should at least be the establishment of a friendship in your marriage.
Why is friendship important in a marriage? Well think about some of your friendships that you have. Why are you friends with them? You usually share something in common but you also enjoy being with one another.
That is probably the hallmark to a true friendship. You just enjoy each other. You have fun, laugh, cry, share, bicker, talk, and trust. It is a strong bond that will normally take quite a bit to break it. True friendships are pretty much unbendable and stand the test of time.
What marriage couldn’t use more of that? Remember that friendship isn’t intimacy, it isn’t romance. It is another way to connect more deeply to your spouse.
If friendship has been lacking in your marriage, determine to do something about it. Good friendships don’t just happen; they take effort, time and dedication. When you neglect a friendship it becomes stale.
Spend time with your spouse. This is where you lay aside the troubles of the day and you just focus on having fun and sharing. A date night with no expectations of anything else is a good way to get a friendship back on track. Of course, if the night ends in a romantic way, then great. But remember the importance of friendship in a marriage.