8 Ways to Love Your Spouse
I like the Reese hearts and the Russel Stover Chocolates. My wife likes the chocolates and the red roses too. Each Valentines day we are all reminded about the special relationships many of us are called by God to enjoy – marriage. A happy and healthy marriage is possible!
If you and your spouse are having issues, do not wait to get help. Please call me or another Christian counselor today. Statistically I read some time ago that couples about to divorce wait 6 years too late to get counseling help. Good news – your marriage perspective can change overnight with a little positive encouragement from a Christian counselor.
For today’s devotional, here are 8 Bible passages that when applied, can demonstrate love towards your spouse.
- Stay physically and emotionally faithful to your spouse alone. This was declared on your wedding day. Proverbs 5:15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.
- Celebrate spiritual, financial, educational, and relational victories. Throw a party for two, go out for coffee, or make a special meal. Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
- Be Happy. Happiness is not conditional on circumstances but on the attitude. Happiness is a choice. Ecclesiastes 9:9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.
- Blend everything you do and have together. Feelings, faith, friends, finances, etc. All these things should be combined. Matthew 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
- Choose to make the spiritually right decision. One of you is probably more spiritual than the other. While the man should lovingly serve with Biblical leadership in the home, it is not always the case. Choose to have a positive, edifying spirit that will build up the other in the things of God. 1 Corinthians 7:14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
- Modify expectations while not letting any disappointments change you. He made a mess. She was not ready for intimacy. Don’t let circumstances become sources of bitterness. Colossians 3:18-19 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
- Understand each other. Know how the other thinks. Know the likes and dislikes. This is something of a challenge! 1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
- Value and treasure the person God gave to you. God gave you a special gift to have as a companion in life. While some people are called to “singleness” the Lord gave you a “help meet.” Treasure this gift with all of your heart. Proverb 18:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.