will be limited to the emotional excitement or attraction that a specific person or situation elicits in another.That kind of romance is a popular topic in our culture.

However, romance for the sake of romance can be destructive.

Most romances begin with the delightful sense of “falling in love,” which can be intoxicating.

Researchers estimate that the human brain can only sustain that intense “in love” feeling for a maximum of two years.

Ideally, a couple has worked on deepening their love and commitment during that time so that, when the intense feelings of being “in love” taper off, a deeper love takes its place.

With that description in mind, it is easy to see why love and romance are not necessarily the same.

The Bible gives several examples of couples who experienced romantic love and the results of those romances.

But love and romance, though intertwined, are not identical.

We can have romance without real love, and we can love without feeling romantic.

Genesis 29 tells the story of Jacob falling in love with Rachel.