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God's Love Manual
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Sometimes I think that if people only knew what the Bible had to say, they would read it more. As wives and husbands, we often wish we knew how to fix our marital differences. We wish there was a book, a person, or something that could tell us what we were doing wrong, because honestly, much of the time it feels like we are walking a fine line between happiness and misery. One word, one misunderstanding, one thoughtless moment can lead to a lot of angry feelings in any relationship, if we haven’t gone to the right source to find out just what it is we should be doing.

The Bible has a lot to say about love and romance. Marriages can really benefit if both husband and wife read the Bible and put its instructions into practice. We all know how wonderful it is to first fall in love. Did you know that the Bible has a whole book devoted to romantic love?

Bring back the romance

Song of Solomon 1:2 begins the tale of two lovers with the words, “Kiss me again and again, for your love is sweeter than wine.” Think back to the time you first fell in love with your wife or your husband – their sweet kisses probably made your knees knock and your heart pound. God does understand this kind of romantic love! In fact, God created you to feel that way about your beloved.

One of the biggest problems spouses face today is that feelings of “romantic love” have dwindled away and they long for them to return. Too often, men and women fall into the trap of looking outside of their marriages for romantic love and are later filled with regret and feelings of betrayal. Proverbs 5:18-19 gives this advice, “Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth. She is a loving doe, a graceful deer. Let her breasts satisfy you always. May you always be captivated by her love.” What wife doesn’t want her husband to feel that way about her? And women are told to, “…respect [their] husbands.” Ephesians 5:33 Most husbands would be thrilled if their wives offered respect on a daily basis!

So, why not try going to the original love manual when you have questions or marital problems. You might be surprised at how much good advice you'll find!

Tip: Want to spice up your marriage? Try reading a chapter of Song of Solomon each evening with your spouse before turning out the lights!

By Melissa Ringstaff. Copyright © 2015 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the New Living Translation ®.

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