Scriptures & Passages
If I have not love, then I am nothing…
Love is patient and kind; never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty, or selfish, or rude.
Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, or touchy. Love makes no record of wrongs and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. Love rejoices not with evil, but rejoices whenever truth wins out.
If you love someone, you will be loyal to them, no matter the cost. You will always believe in them, always expect the best of them, and always stand your ground in defending them.
Love’s faith, hope, and patience never fail. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love is eternal.
These three remain; faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love.
And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be along; I will make him a help mate for him.
And out of the group, the Lord God formed every beast in the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
And Adam gave names to all the cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a help mate for him.
And the Lord caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the Lord God has taken from the man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and the flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
When the one man loves the one woman and the one woman loves the one man, the very angels desert heaven and sit in that hour and sing for joy.
When two people are at one in their inmost hearts, they shatter even the strength of iron or of bronze.
As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
If ye keep my commandments, and abide in his love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
This is my commandment: That ye love one another as I have loved you
From the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; and they shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.
What therefore God Hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them,
Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it.
Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways.
For thou shalt eat the labor of thine hands; happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.
Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house, thy children like olive plants round about thy table.
Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord.
Talmud (Ketubot 8)
Blessed art though, O Lord, King of the Universe, who created mirth and joy, bridegroom and bride, gladness, jubilation, dancing, and delight, love and brotherhood, peace and fellowship.
Quickly, O Lord our God, may the sound of mirth and joy be heard in the streets of Judah and Jerusalem, the voice of bridegroom and bride, jubilant voices of bridegrooms from their canopies and youths from the feasts of song.
Blessed art though, O Lord, who makes the bridegroom rejoice with the bride.
There was a man all alone;
he had neither son nor brother.
There was no end to his toil,
yet his eyes were not content with his wealth.
“For whom am I toiling,” he asked,
“and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?” This too is meaningless—a miserable business!
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:
If one falls down, his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Submit yourselves one to another as the fear of God. Wives, show reverence for your own Husbands, as unto the Lord.
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church and He is the savior of the body.
Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own Husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wife, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it;
that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word;
that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkles or any such thing;
but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own body;
He that loves his wife loves himself.
For no man ever yet hateth his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church.
For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
For this cause shall man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.
This mystery is a profound one and I am saying this as it refers to Christ and the Church; however, let husband love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respect her husband.