We have a German short-haired pointer / dobbie mix, Zoe, and a shitzu, Simon. They love our family unconditionally. As I watch them, I’m reminded that we should love our spouses the same way.
- Greet your spouse when they come home with excitement. Show them how much you’ve missed them and that they’re the center of your universe
- Cuddle time. Seek out your spouse for physical love and attention. We all need to touch and to be touched.
- Forgive quickly. Don’t hold a grudge. Actually, I don’t think our dogs ever hold on to hurt… wouldn’t that be nice if we could say we do the same with our spouses?
- Make time for play. Go for walks together, visit the park, and go for a car rides. Do the things you enjoy doing together.
- Whatever your spouse is doing, take a genuine interest.
- Welcome your spouse’s friends and encourage your spouse to spend a healthy amount of time hanging with friends.
- Sense when your spouse is stressed or upset and be there to provide comfort and support.
- Be loyal and stick by your spouse no matter what. Our dogs never cheat on us or leave us. They are committed to us for a lifetime.
- Be the the real deal and appreciate your spouse for who they are and don’t try to change them. Dogs don’t care how much you make, what you do for a living, or what you look like.
- Protect your spouse. I don’t just mean from physical dangers, but protect their hearts. Guard what you say about them. Build them up, don’t tear them done. Encourage them. Of course when you’re able, also protect them from harm.
In all seriousness, choose to love your spouse unconditionally. It will make all the difference in your marriage!
1 Corinthians 13:4-7(NIV)
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.