Who do you love more than your spouse?
From Song of Solomon: A-17 Day Devotional
Who is your best friend? Most of us think of childhood friends we played with, college roommates we got into trouble with, the parents we call in times of need. Have you ever thought of your spouse as your best friend?
In Song of Songs 6:3, the intimacy between the husband and wife is unmistakable: “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.” Their commitment to each other is evident as they wholly give themselves to each other. We can experience the same in our own marriages.
Spouses become best friends when we invest in three areas of our relationships.
1. Mind - The longer you’re married, the more you’re able to think like your spouse. When a couple spends time communicating with each other about the big and small things, they build an intimacy into their marriage.
2. Heart - The Bible tells us that a cord of three strands is not easily broken (Ephesians 4:12). When God is the center of your marriage, you encourage each other’s faith to grow and the desires you have as a couple become unified.
3. Body - As a husband and wife, we become one flesh (Ephesians 5:31). God has blessed sex inside the covenant of marriage and gives us fruit from it!
No matter how close we may be to our parents or friends, God has given us our spouse as the person we are to be most intimate with. Making an effort to deepen our marriages in mind, heart, and body can only strengthen them.
- Which area do you struggle with the most in your relationship with your spouse: mind, heart, or body?
- How can you take one step to strengthen that part of your marriage this week?