It’s been the topic of countless songs, poems, stories, legends, conversations, and scientific studies.

You could spend a lifetime investigating the mysteries, the glory, the passion, the highs and lows, the purposes, the chemistry, and the beauty of love.

That study might satisfy the curiosity of your intellect.

But it wouldn’t satisfy the longing of your heart.

As wonderful as romantic love can be, it pales in comparison to the love expressed by our Father God for us, His children.

The love that He has for us is true love.

We are commanded to love with that same love.

If it were not possible, God would not have told us to do it!

1 John 4:7-12 says it best:

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”

Since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Simple words.

Not so simple to do sometimes.

But we have been given a command in 1 John 4:21: “Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”

Now it is time to obey, sweet wives.

Your love for your brother must begin within your four walls. This is your first ministry.

Before you work in the nursery, cook a meal for a family in need, teach Sunday School, lead a Bible study, write a blog post, or hang out on Facebook (I know…now I’ve gone to meddling!) you need to LOVE your husband.

With the love that comes from God.

With God’s help.

I know…this isn’t new or revolutionary. I kinda feel like I’m beating the same old drum. But it’s important.

As we begin to better understand God’s perfect love for us, His imperfect daughters, we can ask Him to move our hearts with His love for His imperfect and beloved sons.

‘Cause He wants you to love that man He’s given you. He wants you to let His love flow through you. To bring comfort, joy, hope, encouragement, healing, peace.

Praying for you and your marriage (and mine, too!).