Valentine’s Day puts me off because of what is done with it. The world around us does not know what love is and so many of the attempts are sad and tragic.
However, the love between a husband and wife is a beautiful thing, supposed to mirror the love of Christ for His Church. Ray Ortlund has spoken powerfully to this in a recent post which I have pasted in here in full. This is a good word for husbands and wives. I am blessed to have a wife who does as Ortlund describes and “breathes life into her man.”
“Let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” Ephesians 5:33
God made Adam first and put him in the Garden with a job to do, a mission to fulfill. In the heart of every fallen man is the self-doubt that wonders, “Am I man enough to climb this mountain God has called me to? Can I fulfill my destiny?” A wise wife will understand that question at the center of her husband’s heart. And she will spend her life answering it, communicating to him in various ways, “Honey, I believe in your call. I know you can do this, by God’s power. Go for it.” In this way, she will breathe life into her man.
God made Eve from Adam, for Adam, to help him follow the call. In the heart of every fallen woman is the self-doubt that wonders, “Do I please you? Am I what you wanted?” A wise husband will understand that question at the center of his wife’s heart. And he will spend his life answering it, communicating to her in various ways, “Darling, you are the one I need. I cherish you. Let me hold you close.” In this way, he will breathe life into his wife.