Love isn’t cheap.
At least, not this month.
Americans will spend $18.9 billion this month on gifts for their loved ones, as reported by Eater. This is great news for florists, chocolate factories and candy companies. For them, Valentine's Day is the most wonderful time of the year.
Although typically not known as shoppers, men will spend $124 on gifts for their spouses or significant others. Women, however, tend to be more conservative. For example, their average Valentine's Day budget is $54. Herb Scribner recently wrote about the differences between a man's and a woman's Valentine's Day spending habits on Deseret News National.
Buying gifts for one's significant other is a nice way to show affection, but it doesn’t need to break the bank. If you’re looking for a simple, personalized way to show your love, consider measuring your actions by these concepts, illustrated with six Bible verses:
Marriage and relationships take work
“And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.” Genesis 29:20
Marriage and relationships aren't always fun and games. Perhaps no one understands this better than Jacob. After falling in love with Rachel at the well, Jacob is required to serve her father, Laban, for seven years before they will be granted permission to marry.
“Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 9:9
Although today's world seems to tell many that marriage cannot bring happiness, this is contrary to God's will. In Ecclesiastes, God makes it clear that he expects his children to make marriage a joyful experience.
Husbands should honor their wives
“Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” 1 Peter 3:7
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” Ephesians 5:25
Throughout the New Testament, both Peter and Paul spoke often about marriage. They taught that it was the responsibility of the husband to treat his wife with respect, equality and love.
Marriage requires unity in all things
“For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.” Ephesians 5:31
“Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise the wife unto the husband.” 1 Corinthians 7:3
Nothing is more important in marriage than being equal. Marriage requires the rendering of selfish desires to come together for the greater good. In a relationship, each member is to be open and trusting. There should be no secrets and no back-biting. The apostle Paul spoke often of this.
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