Just one more thing: Keeping love aliveJust one more thing: Keeping love alive

A woman at the bank told my wife and me that she had finally gotten a divorce after 23 years. "Wished I had done it sooner!" she exclaimed. "The flame went out long ago. Now I'm free." My wife and I, speechless, tried to hide our sorrow and disgust. Twenty-three years, two sons, love, sweat, toil and heartache, all for a piece of paper that said "divorced." My uncle once told me that marriage is like a hot coffeepot placed on a cold stove - it soon cools off. Unless we take precautions, that can happen. "Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love," Christ said to the Church at Ephesus (Revelation 2:4). But cooled-off love can be rekindled, and relationships can be restored. How? "Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works" (verse 5). This instruction from Paul applies to our physical as well as our spiritual married lives.

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Publication Date: May 13, 1985