We know the Bible is filled with verses that tell us to love one another, but what are practical ways to do that especially in marriage?
WHAT ARE SOME PRACTICAL WAYS WE CAN “LOVE ONE ANOTHER” IN MARRIAGE?
Our culture has taught us through books, movies and media that falling in love is a feeling that should easily last forever. If you don’t “feel” it, then move on. The Bible however, teaches that true relationship (whether in marriage, friendship or between you and God) is more than a feeling of infatuation.
True love in any relationship requires work to some extent. If you approach a relationship as one-sided, there’s bound to be problems. There’s got to be give and take. And in that, some parts of growing in your relationship aren’t going to feel as fun or exciting as they used to be.
In order to continue toward a mature and loving relationship, you will have to own your part of the problem, as well as consider your partner’s needs (and the Bible teaches us they even take priority over our own sometimes!). Other lessons learned in lasting marriages are the humility to admit when you’re wrong and reciprocating that forgiveness toward your spouse.
GROWING IN GRACE AND HUMILITY IS A GOOD THING
My husband and I have been through some situations we never dreamed of when we got married–but we’ve also been pleasantly surprised to see how the Lord has walked us through these seasons and learned how to work together in a way that relies heavily on Him.
It hasn’t been easy, but it’s been such a blessing to see the patience and humility my husband showed me when I was sick, and the strength we didn’t know we had in us to parent our son through his intense toddler years.
These situations have forced us to grow up and work together as a team. No relationship thrives in the midst of selfishness and immaturity. Our common beliefs bring us together to challenge one another to become the best version of who we can be.
While it’s true that loving one another is the basis of how we treat each other, love itself encompasses so much more than feeling happy all the time. The Bible teaches us that loving one another can come in the form of:
- Encouraging your spouse (Hebrews 10:24 and 1 Thessalonians 5:11)
- Being truthful with one another (Colossians 3:9)
- Not slandering each other (James 4:11)
- Forgiving and praying for your spouse (James 5:16)
- Accepting them for who they are and not judging (Romans 15:7 and 14:13)
- Being hospitable and at peace with each other (1 Peter 4:9 and Mark 9:50)
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Don’t get caught up in the comparison game. God’s plan for your marriage is very different from your friend’s marriage. Whatever that looks like in your personal season, the Bible is filled with “love one another” verses that can guide you in this. I’ve created a printable cheat sheet that includes a few places to help you get started:
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