Here are 5 of the best love and relationship lessons from the Bible:
1. “[Love] is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.” 1 Corinthians 13:5
It’s tempting to bring up every past thing your partner has done wrong when they upset you. But love means TRUE forgiveness!
2. “And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.” Luke 6:33
Similarly, love means still being patient and kind to people - even if they don’t deserve it.
3. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up.” Ephesians 4:29
Don’t JUST vent to your friends about your partner’s shortcomings. Boast about your partner’s good side, too!
4. “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Galatians 5:14
It’s called the Golden Rule for a reason: “loving your neighbor” means being loving and kind to all - no matter their religion, race, church affiliation, sexuality, or occupation!
5. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
If we believe in “unconditional love,” we have to keep that same energy for OURSELVES - even if we make mistakes. Self-love is so important.