Like many evangelicals, I too, had a romantic red-letter edition Bible which powerfully shaped my view of love. For thirty plus years I had all the rhetoric and clichés of love down pat as a Bible-believing evangelical.
Oh, I don’t mean the Bibles which have the quotes of Jesus in red letters.
I mean the red-letter edition that interprets the fullness of divine love as romantic coupledom. Many evangelicals in our favorite institutions of romantic love (churches, colleges, seminaries, etc.) are eager to tell us what the Bible means when it talks about love and romantic coupledom in the twenty-first century.
Let me share with you some verses oozing with evangelical romantic red that I found in evangelical books on marriage. The following sample come from two books: Forever and Always:The Art of Intimacy and Friends and Lovers: Cultivating Companionship and Intimacy in Marriage: