Ephesians 5:25: “For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her.”
Ephesians 4:2-3: “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I just want to share a couple scriptures and some thoughts on love. It seems lots of us are having a hard time keeping the love alive. But it doesn’t need to be that way.
Loving your spouse doesn’t have to be hard. Loving your spouse can be as simple as just deciding to do it.
Love is more than a box of chocolate and a few sweet words written on a card once or twice a year. Though those things are wonderful, love is something we should do everyday.
Little things make a huge difference in the lives of those we love. A simple hug can say “you matter to me” or “I care about you.” A kiss can say, “I still find you attractive.” A touch on the shoulder says “I love you.” Sweet words can light up someone’s day. The lack of physical affection and the absence of kind and loving words gives the opposite message.
In this world, a little love goes a long way.
Here are some quotes I like from a book called, “Adventist Home.”
Though difficulties, perplexities, and discouragements may arise, let neither husband nor wife harbor the thought that their union is a mistake or a disappointment. Determine to be all that it is possible to be to each other. Continue the early attentions. In every way encourage each other in fighting the battles of life. Study to advance the happiness of each other. Let there be mutual love, mutual forbearance. Then marriage, instead of being the end of love, will be as it were the very beginning of love. The warmth of true friendship, the love that binds heart to heart, is a foretaste of the joys of heaven. Adventist Home, p. 106
The Little Attentions Count—God tests and proves us by the common occurrences of life. It is the little things which reveal the chapters of the heart. It is the little attentions, the numerous small incidents and simple courtesies of life, that make up the sum of life’s happiness; and it is the neglect of kindly, encouraging, affectionate words, and the little courtesies of life, which helps compose the sum of life’s wretchedness. It will be found at last that the denial of self for the good and happiness of those around us constitutes a large share of the life record in heaven. And the fact will also be revealed that the care of self, irrespective of the good and happiness of others, is not beneath the notice of our heavenly Father. – Adventist Home, p. 108