Romantic Love

Genesis 24:67

Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

The Bible doesn’t have a whole lot to say about romantic love but many of the principles that govern how we are to treat one another in general correlate directly to how we should act in romantic relationships.  Genesis has a few romantic stories that are worthy of a modern day fiction novel however.

We don’t practice arranged marriages and we don’t quite understand them today but they were common practice in ancient times.  Even though we’re not familiar with the practice, this doesn’t mean that there is any less love in the relationship than today.  If anything there was more love because most of our relationships today are built upon attraction rather than on deeper things.

Sometimes Christians pretend like romance doesn’t exist or that it is a bad thing but it is a gift that God has given us and we should enjoy it.  There are many ways that it has been twisted and made sinful but this doesn’t change the fact that God made it good before sin messed it up.

In the beginning of Genesis we’re told that people would leave their father and mother and become united as one flesh.  This was the order that God set up and it is His intention.  Even though the Bible doesn’t address romantic love directly too often, that doesn’t mean that it’s unbiblical.  Instead, it is a gift of God that should be enjoyed in the way that He designed it.

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