Their Husbands Love Their Wives – Jacob 3:7

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?

In the passage above, the prophet Jacob has just called his own people to repentance for their infidelity to their spouses. In this passage, he points out to them that their sworn enemies, the Lamanites, have strong families. “Their husbands love their wives, and their wives love their husbands; and their husbands and their wives love their children.” The Nephites may look down upon them and consider them to be a “ferocious, and a blood-thirsty people, full of idolatry and filthiness,” (Enos 1:20), but in one very important way they were more righteous than the Nephites. They loved their spouses and their children.
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.

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