"LET THERE BE LIGHT" Ministries
EMOTIONS, part 4 - Love Before and After Marriage quotes
1) The Emotion of Love Dealing With the Unmarried
He that is unmarried careth for the things that belongeth to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely [or proper], and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction....But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned. 1 Corinthians 7:32-35, 28.
...it is not good to marry. But he (Jesus) said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. Matthew 19:10-11.
These verses reveal that there is nothing wrong with either being married or remaining unmarried. Those who remain unmarried are able to serve the Lord more of the time.
2) What type of individual will God approve of for marriage?
When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many [pagan and unbelieving] nations before thee...thou shalt make no covenant with them...Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly. Deuteronomy 7:1-4.
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 2 Corinthians 6:14-15.
These verses reveal that God forbids His people to marry anyone who is not of our faith. This means that it is best and safest to only seek potential boyfriends or girlfriends from among our faith. Otherwise, you are taking a big calculated risk.
3) The Emotion of Love Dealing With the Married
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church....For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. Ephesians 5:25-29, 31.
...he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife....she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. 1 Corinthians 7:33-34.
...rejoice with the wife of thy youth. Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love. Proverbs 5:18-19.
Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife (or in other words, neither are free to have sexual relations with any other partner except their own spouse). Defraud ye not one the other [or in other words, do not live separately], except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. 1 Corinthians 7:1-5.
Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled. Hebrews 13:4.
These inspired verses reveal that there is ever to be the most tender self-denying and self-sacrificing love expressed and manifested towards our spouse, just like Christ Himself expresses and manifests the same tender love towards His church. As they are part of us, then in loving them we are showing that we really love ourselves!