There’s no easy way to put this: Loving another person is hard work. It doesn’t take a couple long to learn that the loving feelings they once had for one another flitter and fade away over time. Sure these feelings make appearances now and again as the relationship matures, but their absence is more common than their presence. After the feelings diminish, it’s down to the hard work of growing closer, humbling ourselves, addressing conflict, remaining pure, living selflessly, and apologizing—all of which describes a growing, loving relationship. When two people are committed to living biblically in their marriage, the joys outweigh the pains and the smiles overshadow the tears over time. Are you working hard through the difficulties of love or are you hardly working?