Marriage Matters: Lessons from Biblical Couples 7
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world…. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:11-14, 18-19, ESV)
As we reflect today on the sacrifice Christ made on our behalf, we should be reminded that if we want to grow more and more like our Savior, we must depend on His Spirit for the grace we need to love the way He loves. Since “we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world,” we should be forever changed. Our hearts should be moved to love our God more, and then to show that love to every soul around us, particularly the spouses to whom we have pledged our lives.
It is love that motivates godly character, love that enables constancy, love that sweetens companionship, love that empowers commitment, and love that inspires genuine cherishing. May we look today to our Savior on the cross as He bled and died for us, and prayerfully renew our resolve to likewise give everything we have for the ones we love.