Love conquers all, as 1 Peter 4:8 states. When you love others deeply, that love will cover a multitude of sins. So what does this mean in marriage and how do we live as a people who love deeply?
We must love as God loves and not how man loves. God’s Word must be our source for examples of love. 1 John 4 gives us a picture of what love really is. Verse 19 says that we only know how to love because He first loved us. Verse 9 tells us that “God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” God loved us so much that He sent His son to die on a cross for our sins; He paid the ultimate sacrifice out of His love for us. This verse calls this great act of love “real love.” Loving as God loves doesn’t necessarily mean laying down our life for someone else, but it does mean that we put others before ourselves just as God did for us. We live with their best interest in mind. Everyday we show them our love for them by the way we speak and act. If we loved our spouses in this way, marriages would be saved and not just survive, but really thrive. Relationships would be healed and restored.
The world will tell you the opposite of what the Bible says about love. We must take our advice from the Bible and Biblical counsel so that we can live as people who love deeply and seek reconciliation and redemption.