For two people in a marriage to live together day after day is unquestionably the one miracle the Vatican has overlooked.


-Bill Cosby



In Sunday, from the hit series, Nooma, pastor and author Rob Bell tells of a husband who purchases flowers for his wife.  The wife, upon receiving her flowers turns to her husband and says—You didn’t have to do that.  To which Bell describes the husband replying some thing along the lines of—I know, they were on sale—It was the right thing to do—You are my wife, what would you expect?


Silly, right? 


But how often do we do what we do for one another out of obligation, fear—or for show?  Just as God desires our hearts—so we long to be loved from a heart that wants to love us.  And when our actions come from anything but a heart of love that says—Thank you, I love you—it is nothing more than mere lip service.   


Now that you’ve cleaned up your lives by following the truth, love one another as if your lives depended on it.    (1 Peter 1:22, The Message Bible)


Do we love our spouse because it is what we are supposed to do—or has the love of God taken root and begun to take form in our hearts and lives?  We can be sure God doesn’t love us out of obligation, but he loves us from a sincere heart. 


An ounce of sincere love is better than a pound of anything when it comes to a healthy and prosperous marriage.