It is by loving, and not by being loved, that one can come nearest the soul of another; yea, that, where two love, it is the loving of each other, that originates and perfects and assures their blessedness.
George MacDonald, Phantastes
What if married couples took this to heart?
What might the union, the family and eventually society look like?
How might loving your mate more than wanting to be loved work out in day to day living?
And what would happen if you really believed that everything you did to your spouse you did to Jesus?
These are all questions worth prayerfully pondering if you want to grow in love, learning daily to love like the Lord does.
In the beginning…
Us loving because He loved us first.
And you can’t love another more than you love yourself unless you love God most.
You won’t be able to lay aside your selfishness until you understand and appreciate His great sacrifice for you.
And your love relationship with the Lover of your soul needs to constantly grow, changing over time as He changes you – and me – for the better.
Spending time with God helps us become more like Him. Not only in prayer, Bible reading or Sunday services, but in every moment of every day being so consciously connected that He truly is closer than your next heartbeat.
Seeing Him in everything and giving thanks for it all, especially your spouse. He has given you the perfect imperfect partner to help perfect imperfect you.
Often what you don’t like in your husband or wife is merely a version of the same sin in you. Like can attract like…
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