— 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
I believe that man’s two greatest needs are not for security and significance but rather, (1) to love God with all of his heart, mind, soul and strength, and, (2) to love his neighbor as (with the same intensity that he loves) himself (cf. ). Beyond these, man has other valid needs, such as counsel from God through His Word, and food and shelter (cf. ; ).
My experience of Christ in me helps me to understand what kind of a spouse I am to be. Conversely, my experience of marital oneness helps me to grasp something of the mystery of spiritual union ().
As a result of my experience of union with Christ (, ; ), I am compelled to
speak truthfully (), to
build up (), to
die to self (), and
to not be ruled by self, passion, or anger () in relationships, especially in marriage.