7 Behold, their husbands love their wives, and their wives love their husbands; and their husbands and their wives love their children; and their unbelief and their hatred towards you is because of the iniquity of their fathers; wherefore, how much better are you than they, in the sight of your great Creator?
Jacob’s words remind me of the admonition of the apostle Paul: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25).
David A. Bednar reminded us of the importance of loving our families and expressing that love toward them:
When was the last time you took your eternal companion in your arms and said, “I love you”? Parents, when was the last time you sincerely expressed love to your children? Children, when was the last time you told your parents that you love them?…
We should remember that saying “I love you” is only a beginning. We need to say it, we need to mean it, and most importantly we need consistently to show it. We need to both express and demonstrate love….
Feeling the security and constancy of love from a spouse, a parent, or a child is a rich blessing. Such love nurtures and sustains faith in God. Such love is a source of strength and casts out fear (see 1 John 4:18). Such love is the desire of every human soul (“More Diligent and Concerned at Home,” General Conference, October 2009).
Today, I will express my love to my wife, both by telling her that I love her and by serving her. I will remember that those expressions of love can give her confidence and can help her to be more successful and happy.