He's a man and I am a woman and that means we are both human beings which means we sin against each other with some regularity.
It truly is rare for us to do more than get cross eyed with each other though. I think the last time I was honestly angry with the man was when he neglected to tell me that a party we would be attending later that evening was a surprise party and, you guessed it, I ruined the surprise part by asking if I could bring anything when we came over. That was several years ago and I'm over it. (For the most part ;-)
I say all of that to say that my beloved was out of town last week and oh, dear goodness I miss that man when we're not together. It's not just the physical extra set of hands to deal with the kids or an extra set of ears to hear all that the kids say or whatever.
We both know that we are better together than we are apart. I am a better mother because of him. A better friend, a better person because of our relationship. Whatever I do I am better at it because of his love for me. And I pray that he is a better father, friend and pastor because of my love for him.
Because this is what love should do. God's love changes us...makes us better and something other than what we are on our own that is glorious and impossible apart from Him. That is the love we should share because he is a man and I am a woman and we are His...together, as one flesh.
CS Lewis put it this way, "It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit, reinforced by (in Christian marriages) the grace which both partners ask, and receive, from God...'Being in love' first moved them to promise fidelity; this quieter love enables them to keep the promise. It is on this love that the engine of marriage is run. Being in love is the explosion that started it."