11:58 AM

Valentines Day, A Reminder of Romantic Love

 "There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid" (Proverbs 30:18-19). The last item mentioned in this passage, the forth "wonder of the world" may go unnoticed to some, because of it's shortness, and may seem to some even unspiritual, but let us not pass by it before giving it the opportunity to sink into our hearts.

It speaks of that romantic love, which is a gift of God, experienced by a man and a woman whose hearts are knit together. This love is such a beautiful thing that it stands out to the writer of this Proverb (under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit) as one of the "things which are too wonderful for me."

We who have tasted of that love, enjoying it in God's wonderful and blessed institution of marriage, and have observed it in others, marvel at it's wonderfulness, along with the Proverbial writer. This romantic love is a very important ingredient in marriage. It is the frosting on the cake of oneness, and to be applied often, and there are a lot of opportunities for both husband and wife to show it to each other!

Romantic love is that wonderful feeling in our hearts we enjoy when we get in the presence of our beloved, when we look at each other with adoring eyes, when we hold one another close and whisper sweet and kind things in eachother's ears. It is a heavenly feeling that just grows and grows as we bond together more and more each day.

I will suggest some practical ways for growing this kind of love:

Say "I love you" often.
Serve your spouse in every big and little way you can think of. Be overall helpful, beyond the call of duty!
Be gentle, sweet,  kind and patient, always listening, never forceful and demanding of your own way.
Take time away from the normal routine of the day to do something special for your wife, Husbands.
Be affectionate, even if it means a short squeeze and kiss! This can take place even amongst much busyness!
Write love notes.

There is much more that could be written on this subject, but I believe that these things and many more besides will ignite more of this special love that God has willed for us to enjoy!
Happy Valentines Day! -Brendan