Love Is Not All You Need In Marriage

Dr. E, "The Bible says love is the greatest. Love is all that matters, not all this respect stuff. Love is enough for my husband. That's how I feel."

When the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:13 that love is the greatest, the Apostle Paul restricts the comparison to faith and hope. Of faith, hope, and love, love is the greatest.Paul does not have honor, respect, and glory in mind in this context.

Why is this important to know?

Doing a search in the Bible, the word "glory" appears in 331 verses compared to "love" which comes up in 311 verses. We might say "glory" is respect on steroids.

As God loves us throughout eternity, He glorifies us throughout eternity. As we love God throughout eternity, we reverence and glorify God forever.

How have some of us missed the importance of glory, honor and reverence?

We see what we look at! We do not see what we do not look at. When we have eyes for love, we will only see love in the Bible. When we do not have eyes for words like honor, respect and glory, we over look these concepts.

Admittedly, some have become more feminine in their outlook. Thus, one's outlook might cause an overlook.

But we must know "the whole will of God," not just some of it (Acts 20:27 NIV). For examples, theologians agree with the declaration of the Puritan catechism: "Man's chief end is to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31), and to enjoy him for ever (Ps. 73:25-26)."

Yes, we are to love God and our neighbor as the first and second commandment, but we best love God by glorifying him and enjoying him forever. We best love a husband by respecting and enjoying him!

-Dr. E