Is love enough to consent to marriage? Is love enough to sustain a marriage or any other relationship? Do we need something more than love? Is there anything more than love? These questions need real and true answers.
First, I would like to look at what love is from the best perspective there is in the whole universe; the word of God. God is the author of life, it is He who created the world and all there is in it. And he has told us what love is:
Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it pays no attention to a suffered wrong. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything without weakening.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (AMP)
I believe love encompasses everything we need to sustain marriage or any relationship or even to succeed in any area of life. It is love that makes anything work, if love is taken out of any marriage, the marriage crumbles like a sand castle when faced with rain. Wisdom, knowledge, riches, understanding, health and even faith can only work effectively when love is in place. Love is the engine that makes a marriage go in the right direction.
When love, true love, is at the foundation, any marriage is bound to succeed. If every couple decide to walk in love: the God kind of love, Agape, not sensual love, conditional love or infatuation.
Then I can say with certainty that such a marriage can stand any storm that the enemy throws at it.
Why am I surely sure of what I am saying?
I will show you:
1 John 4:8 (AMP) says:
…God is love.
And the word of God says in Hebrews 13:5 (AMP):
Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions and be satisfied with your present circumstances and with what you have; for He God Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down (relax My hold on you)! Assuredly not!
Luke 18:27 (AMP)
Now if God is love and it is written that God cannot fail and nothing is impossible with Him, saying that Love is not enough to keep a marriage is saying that God is not enough. It is saying that God does not have the wisdom and ability to keep our marriages from going under. And I find that absolutely untrue.
– Does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
– Is ready to bear up under anything and everything that comes
God is love and God cannot fail!