Marriage: Love Is Service
Love is more than cuddling by a fireplace. Actually, sometimes it’s the opposite of staying warm and toasty.
I have a vivid memory of my Pop and the daily commitment he had to his family—especially how he served my mother. It’s one way he displayed the Loving aspect of .
One frosty Virginia Sunday morning, the family car was broken down and my mother needed groceries. Pop said, “Come on, boys. You’re coming with me.” I can still hear his wing-tip shoes crunching on the gravel as he walked along toward the store and we followed him. It was not what I wanted to do that morning, but the experience stuck with me. And that experience still comes to mind when I think of a husband showing love to his bride.That probably isn’t the classic picture of love between a man and a wife. It’s not like a scene from a romance novel or TV movie—but it’s real. Sometimes love means doing things you don’t feel like doing. It’s walking for groceries on a cold morning; it’s doing the dishes or laundry; it’s getting up at 3 a.m. to feed the new baby; it’s going out of your way because there’s something she needs.
Sometimes love feels like drudgery! It’s a daily grind! It’s more about perseverance than it’s about romantic walks and cuddling by the fireplace.
Several authors have correctly pointed out that l It’s not a feeling. It isn’t something we do because it makes us feel good, or we think we’re going to be rewarded—if you know what I’m saying. No, love focuses entirely on the other person.; l .
Now, don’t get me wrong. Romance is a good thing—romance brings husbands and wives closer. Flowers, regular date nights, using pet names and all that are a big part of your marriage. But it’s more than that. If your bride is truly a high priority for you, that should be seen in the way you serve her—the hard work, the sacrifices, the inconveniences. Think of her first; tune into her needs; then just follow through.
As that great passage from the Bible says, “[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
Written by Carey Casey
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