Valentine’s Day is simply a day to express your love for one another; it doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive or over-the-top. A godly relationship rooted in Jesus delights in the simple pleasures, being together and abiding in His Word. God knew what love, real love, between a man and a woman can do; it’s strong, fearless and one of the greatest gifts He gave us to take part in on Earth. Here are a few Bible verses that exemplify this love in a godly relationship and marriage.

Joyful Love

These verses from Song of Solomon, as we know, can be quite revealing, but that was intentional. This kind of beautiful, fulfilling love exists, and it’s a wondrous thing to share in it together and to be grateful that you have found the one your soul loves.

“Scarcely had I passed them when I found the one my heart loves. I held him and would not let him go till I had brought him to my mother’s house, to the room of the one who conceived me.”  —Song of Solomon 3:4

“My lover is mine, and I am his.”  —Song of Solomon 2:16

“You have captured my heart, my treasure, my bride. You hold it hostage with one glance of your eyes, with a single jewel of your necklace.”  —Song of Solomon 4:9

“Your love delights me, my treasure, my bride. Your love is better than wine, your perfume more fragrant than spices.”  —Song of Solomon 4:10

“You are so handsome, my love, pleasing beyond words!”  —Song of Solomon 1:16

“Kiss me and kiss me again, for your love is sweeter than wine.”  —Song of Solomon 1:2

Strength In Love

Love also encapsulates the storms of life; it can’t escape them, and so both of your love will stand strong, or will be hurt. Forgiveness and showing love can be hard at times, and even may seem impossible, but do it. Grow closer together. If God brought you two together, fight for one another, believe in one another.

“Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.”  —Proverbs 17:9

“There are three things that amaze me—no, four things that I don’t understand: how an eagle glides through the sky, how a snake slithers on a rock, how a ship navigates the ocean, how a man loves a woman.”  —Proverbs 30:18-19

Sacrificial Love

Love is sacrificial. Jacob knew this. Love is also so deep that it spans across time. Always treasure the love you have for one another. Remember the sacrifices. Remember the giving of yourself and of your partner. In marriage, giving yourself up for the sake of another is one of the most beautiful truths to this life-long commitment.

“So Jacob worked seven years to pay for Rachel. But his love for her was so strong that it seemed to him but a few days.”  —Genesis 29:20

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”  —Ephesians 5:25

Lastly, don’t forget what love is. Where are you both today? How far have you come? Continue to hold fast to the hope within you. Continue to hold fast to the hope in God’s Word and what He declares over you. Today, hold each other tighter, rejoice in the truth and always trust in each other’s love.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…”  —1 Corinthians 13:4–8

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