“Above all things have fervent love for one another, for ‘love will cover a multitude of sins’ ” (1 Peter 4:8). “Her husband … praises her” (Proverbs 31:28). “She who is married cares … how she may please her husband” (1 Corinthians 7:34).
“Be kindly affectionate to one another … in honor giving preference to one another” (Romans 12:10).
Successful marriages don’t just happen; they must be developed. Don’t take one another for granted or the resulting monotony could harm your marriage.
Keep your love for one another growing by expressing it to each other; otherwise, love might fade and you could drift apart. Love and happiness are not found by seeking them for yourself, but rather by giving them to others. So spend as much time as possible doing things together. Learn to greet each other with enthusiasm. Relax, visit, sightsee, and eat together.
Don’t overlook the little courtesies, encouragements, and affectionate acts. Surprise each other with gifts or favors. Try to “out-love” each other. Don’t try to take more out of your marriage than you put into it. Lack of love is the biggest destroyer of marriage.
Has love nearly disappeared from your home?
While the devil wants to break apart your marriage by tempting you to give up, don’t forget that God Himself joined you together in marriage, and He desires that you stay together and be happy. He will bring happiness and love into your lives if you will obey His divine commandments.
“With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). Don’t despair. God’s Spirit can change your heart and your spouse’s heart if you will ask and let Him.