Love. A word, an emotion, so easily thrown around in today’s world.
I love that dress.
I love this show.
I love frozen mocha lattes. (This might not actually be an overstatement :-)).
I love this person I beat out 30 other bachelorettes for that has been dating them all simultaneously with me. (Ugh.)
The meaning of love gets so lost that it is easy to forget how much of a treasure it really is. Love. Real love.
So, if you feel like me and need a refresher on the treasure of L-O-V-E, let’s review some words we all have read. In fact, they were probably read out loud as we stood facing the one we were covenantally committing to love for life.
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give my body over to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
I’d certainly treasure the ability to speak in all sorts of languages. It would be pretty cool to be able to see the future, solve mysteries, and be the smartest person around. It would be an amazing treasure if my faith could move mountains. Yet, none of these come close to the treasure of love.
Do you have love in your marriage? Maybe not perfect love, because none of us are capable of that, but endeavored love. Someone who has made the promise, who gives it their best, who doesn’t quit when they do it all wrong?
What a treasure!
Are you being that person to your spouse? Are you endeavoring to love them as you promised?
It isn’t easy. Oh no. It is extremely hard. And there in lies its value.
For those that find themselves in a marriage without love, let me say, we were there once. But, rest assured, love never FALLS. No mistype there. I meant “falls” not “fails”, and you should check out this post of mine on why “Love never falls” and continue to endeavor to love.
All month, I’ve written about different things I treasure in marriage – companionship, differences, teamwork. It has made me treasure my marriage for each of these areas and more! I hope you have too. May each and everyone one of your marriages be a treasure…and may you protect it as such!
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