by Jerry Newcombe

With Valentine’s Day upon us once again, we are flooded with reminders of romance and romantic love. But with so many broken hearts today, one wonders: Is romantic love just a myth?

My long-time pastor, the late Dr. D. James Kennedy, once told me: “Over the years of my ministry, I have noticed a repeated pattern in terms of the people who seek me out for counseling, when it comes to family matters. I find single people coming to me who wish so much that they were married. Then I find married people coming to me who wish so much that they were single—or at least that they were no longer married to their particular spouse.”

Of course, there are real feelings of romance. But feelings come and go. However, commitment remains. In short, romantic love alone is an insufficient basis for marriage.

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