Genesis 1-2

God not only created male and female, He also created marriage

Gen. 1:26, 27; 2:20-24

In creating Adam and Eve He created two individuals.
In creating marriage He joined those two individuals into one

One flesh… no other creation of God is “one flesh” union
Marriage is a union
Marriage is a covenant relationship
Marriage is a bond
Marriage is to be a communion

Marital love isn’t an act of emotion, but an act of the will
Emotions cannot be permanently sustained
An act of the will can be sustained w/o emotions
Emotions are based on self; the will is based on

Ruth provides an excellent picture of love – toward Naomi
Ruth 1:7-18