But the spouse in joyful liberty of perfect love knows no fear (Charles Spurgeon)

I was praying this morning and in my quiet time routine and the quote above jumped out at me. The verse for the day is

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth
Song of Songs 1:2 NIV

Charles spurgeon goes in to write
See how she leaps at once to him; there are no prefatory words; she does not even mention his name; she is in the heart of her theme at once, for she speaks of him who was the only him in the world to her. How bold is her love!

I started thinking is this this true in my marriage?

John tells us in 1 John 4

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

I know I’ll never love my wife perfectly but there should be no fear in our marriage. We should be bold in our love for our spouse! We should have joyful liberty in our marriages. Easier said than done.

What about my kids? I believe this could apply to my relationship to them as well. Our kids get a glimpse of The Father’s love through us dads, or at least they should.

Jesus christ showed us perfect love. Loving us by dying on the cross so we could have eternal life with Him and The Father. When we dishonor Him and don’t love Him back He still loves us. He loves us that much!!

What if we humbled ourselves, put all of our pride aside and loved our spouse no matter what, truly for better or for worse. It’s a choice, difficult and intentional one, but a choice we make each day. What would society look like if we could be better at loving our spouse. What would our families look like?

Husbands, we are called to love our wives like Jesus loved the church. It’s an overwhelming and daunting task, but if we walk in the Spirit we can do it and be an encouragement to those around us.

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