When we love in marriage, the way love as God intended it, loving our spouse becomes a reflection of the love for ourselves.
This is because God has called H U S B A N D S & W I V E S to become O N E.
Scripture tells us that “no one ever hates his own body” therefore we should not feel the same towards our spouse. Instead we are called to REJOICE, LAUGH, HONOR, RESPECT, CHERISH, LOVE, EMPATHIZE, and BE ONE with each other.[ephesians 5:28-33]
28 And husbands should love their wives like that. They should love their wives as they love their own bodies. The man who loves his wife loves himself, 29 because no one ever hates his own body, but feeds and takes care of it. And that is what Christ does for the church 30 because we are parts of his body. 31 The Scriptures say, “That is why a man will leave his father and mother and join his wife, and the two people will become one.” 32 That secret truth is very important—I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 But each one of you must love his wife as he loves himself. And a wife must respect her husband.