I remember the first box of candy he got me for Valentines Day. It was a heart shaped box with all those different varieties of chocolates in it. Of course I still was in a house with siblings and I had to guard over my candy to keep them from eating it all!
He also would gave me a card which I still have (somewhere!). Those were the days of getting those wonderful boxes of candy for Valentines Day. As the years have gone by the gifts have leaned more toward the inedible! Hmmmm! Wonder why?!
Of course candy is eaten, (or maybe I should say stored in places I would rather it not be!), flowers wilt, and paper decays.
The main thing, though, that I have and that will never fade, decay or get lost is the true meaning of love which my Valentine has taught me and the true example of that love that he is to me.
He so aptly teaches and preaches and practices from Ephesians 5:25, 28 how a husband is to love their wife. "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;". Verse 28 says, So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
The part that he explains here is the "even as" in verse 25 and the "as" in verse 28. The husband should love his wife "even as" Christ loved, the church (His body), and gave Himself for it. Then in verse 28 , he explains that the husband is to love the wife "as" his own body, meaning there should be no difference between his and her body. This also puts new light on the fact that husband and wife are one flesh. Husband and wife are not two separate entities but one; one body in the Lord!
I cannot explain it like he does, but I hope it's plain enough to understand. By the way, I am thankful and feel so blessed to have a husband who can explain the Word of God the way he does. I sometimes call him my "walking commentary"!
Through his teaching of love and his acts of love, he has shown to me what Christ's love is for me. I actually found a poem that I wrote to Lonnie one Valentines Day several years ago.
A Picture of Christ to Me
You are a picture of Christ to me
No greater love on earth could be.
I am so thankful for God's Word
But He's given me you and your words I've also heard.
At times Bible truths may be hard to understand,
But when you explain, then I can!
The truth you've shown recently
Has probably been the sweetest to me;
That - you are me- and - I am you;
We are one! Yes, God's Word says it's true!
Not many would see a truth so clear.
Yet to you He's revealed it, 'cause to Him you're so near!
Thank you for the truths you share,
Not only for me, but for others you care.
Thank you for being an example of Christ to me;
For showing what even my relation with Him can be.
Just like Him, you'll always be there,
In the good times and bad to show me you care.
Thank you for being a picture of Christ to me,
Without you, I'm sure I would never have seen.
With all my heart, Gail
Not only is the Bible truth of God's love for me, but for the whole world.
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
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Thank you, honey, for all the demonstrations of love!
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