Friday, March 16, 2012

Song of Songs 8:6-7 :: Love & Marriage

Place me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy unyielding as the grave.

It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.
Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot wash it away.

Song of Songs 8: 6-7

Love is all-consuming. What would you do for love? Would you be the epic hero of lore and lay your life down for it? Would you be the classic martyr and give everything up for it? Would you devote yourself to one person for the rest of your life?

Yes, yes, I would. For it burns like a blazing fire, like a mighty flame, and no matter the triumphs and toils, my love for my husband will not be quenched.

In marriage, there is happiness, enjoyment, disappointment, and anger. There is hope, encouragement, pleasure, dismay, and sadness. There are times of joy and times of sorrow. But more than anything, there is love.

I think thanking your spouse at least once a day is a must; saying I love you not only when jovial, but also when hurt is a have-to. A smile, a gentle touch, and the first and last kiss of the day are necessary. Forgiveness is always a priority, as we are all faultful.

Marriages take work. There is no easy path to a successful marriage; and many of those have hit a rock along the way. It is how you accommodate for each other, how you hold each other up when tested, that lay a firm foundation and continue the building.

Keep your marriage sacred and show your love in whatever languages your spouse understands; know emotions and actions before judgement or blame. Encourage each other; be your spouse's biggest advocate.

But more than anything, just love.

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