Romance is a Heart Thing

Today is Valentines Day, a time for those in love to express
their devotion to their sweetheart. Susan and I have been married now for 32
years. We had a heart connection over 33 years ago when we started dating. And
then the romantic feelings came upon us.
The truth is, at one time we were complete strangers with no
feeling for each other. Then we met and began to talk for hours at a time. A
little later we started dating and then it happened! The feeling of romance hit us both. Now, 33 plus years later, it’s
still there.
Feelings of
romance take effort to sustain. They don’t just appear on their own. You have
to help them along! If there is a mutual attraction between a man and a woman,
doing things together can create feelings
for each other. To sustain the feelings of
romance you must keep doing what you
did at the beginning of the relationship.
Jesus scolded the church at Ephesus in Revelation 2 for leaving their
first love. He then told them what to do to return to first love status. Remember therefore from where you have
fallen; repent and do the first works…
(Rev. 2:5).
Relationships are not in and of themselves self-sustaining.
It takes effort to keep them going. It takes effort daily over the years of
time in a marriage to keep the flames of romance burning brightly. If you have feelings of romance after many years it
is not accidental. Couples in love
regularly do things to keep the flame
hot! What do they do? They keep doing the
things that started the flame of romance in the first place. Intimate
communication
combined with doing things together regularly will ensure
that when you are old enough to be great-grandparents, you’ll still possess the
flame!
Marriage is a type of our relationship with God. Husbands
are to love their wives as Christ loved the church. We are to have a heart
devotion to the Lord and share our hearts with Him the way a husband and wife
intimately share together.
And if we are going to maintain our first love with the
Lord, we must continue to do the things that began our journey of closeness
with Him. Spending time with Him in the Word and in prayer daily; fellowship
with other believers to keep ourselves sharp; and regular involvement in a
local church are some of the things that will keep that first love romance with
the Lord going strong.
Romance with the Lord and with your mate is a heart thing,
and like a fire in the fireplace, fresh wood and a bit of stirring will ensure
that the glowing ember remains a raging fire.
If you’re married, and the flame of romance is burning low,
be encouraged. You can begin today to stir the smoldering embers. Start by
talking, heart talking about the little things of life. Speak words to your spouse
that you want to hear yourself. Practice the golden rule. Start doing things
TOGETHER. It’s the kind words and loving things you do TOGETHER that fan
romance. May your first love with the Lord and your spouse be renewed today!

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