Is Love Enough?
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Is Love Enough?

Is Love Enough?

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!

But He said, What is impossible with men is possible with God. Luke 18:27 (AMP) Click To Tweet

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.

Another Look At Love.
There is encouragement for every couple that is going through (every couple has and does) in their marriage. If you would decide to walk in love in its original form, the God kind of love, the love that you discover when you get to know Him. The kind of love that:
– Endures long
– Is patient and kind
– Is never envious nor boils over with jealousy,
– Is not boastful or vainglorious,
– Does not display itself haughtily.
– Is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride)
– Is not rude (unmannerly)
– Does not act unbecomingly.
– Does not insist on its own rights or its own way
– Is not self-seeking
– Is not touchy or fretful or resentful
– Takes no account of the evil done to it, pays no attention to a suffered wrong.
– 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
– Is ever ready to believe the best of every person…
Then your marriage will stand, your marriage will succeed, your marriage will bloom and blossom, because the Bible has said it, and I believe it, that LOVE NEVER FAILS!
1 Corinthians 13:8 
Do you think that love can sustain a marriage?

Copyright© Ugochi Oritsejolomisan 2014

Update from 2013 
Ugochi Oritsejolomisan

Ugochi Oritsejolomisan is a mentor, encourager and influencer. She writes to inspire you to live a full life. Ugochi lives in Canada with her husband Benson and their children; Joshua, Joseph and Josiah.

  • Chris Carter
    Posted at 17:58h, 28 August

    The greatest example of love is God’s sacrifice for us all in Christ. May this be our best example to follow in our marriage and in all our relationships!! Love all those scriptures!

    • Ugochi Jolomi
      Posted at 12:48h, 02 September

      Thanks a lot Chris, do have a supper blessed day!

  • Rosey
    Posted at 15:52h, 20 August

    That first verse is one of my absolute favorites. And I agree with you on yes.

    • Ugochi Jolomi
      Posted at 19:57h, 21 August

      I love it too Rosey, thanks a lot for coming by!

  • Beth
    Posted at 15:33h, 20 August

    Oh yes, Ugochi! God’s love is more than enough in all areas of my life. Sometimes my husband and I tease each other after a tension-filled moment by asking, “Are you loving me in ‘faith’?” It’s part of the challenge of marriage and thankfully God is an abundant God–giving us much more than we deserve and enabling us to share the riches of love with others in a way that we could never achieve. Great words, my friend! Hugs!

    • Ugochi Jolomi
      Posted at 19:54h, 21 August

      I had to laugh at “Are you loving me in faith?” lol! Thanks a lot Beth!

  • Joe Pote
    Posted at 12:14h, 20 August

    Good post, Ugochi!

    Yes, love is enough…provided that the love include respect, trustworthiness, and the other aspects included in 1 Corinthians 13…and provided that BOTH partners love with that selfless agape love.

    But is one partner’s love enough? No, it’s not!

    Is love without honor, respect, fidelity and trustworthiness enough? No, it’s not. In fact, love without these is not true love, but a poor false immitation…

    • Ugochi Jolomi
      Posted at 19:50h, 21 August

      Truth Joe!
      There is only one love, the one described in scriptures. Every other thing people think and call love is not it. Love will dishonour, disrespect, commit adultery, or be untrustworthy.

  • Linda@Creekside
    Posted at 02:59h, 20 August

    Hi Ugochi … I am so happy to see that you’re on Beth’s hop! I hope you enjoy meeting new readers and writers. I’ve found it to be a wonderful experience.

    Blessings as you continue to write for Jesus!

    • Ugochi Jolomi
      Posted at 03:14h, 20 August

      Thanks very much Linda.
      Have a super blessed rest of week!