One day a group passed by and cursed ʿĪsa (ʿalayhi as-salām), ʿĪsa responded by saying, “Peace be unto you.”
His disciples observed this and where taken aback by his response, they were confused, so they asked, “They curse you and you greet them?”
ʿĪsa replied by stating that, “Vessels can only pour forth what they contain.”
When parents don’t give their kids the love they need, or instill within them a greater love for Allah, they grow up looking for ‘love’ in all the wrong places.
Being married forces you to fine tune those not-so-great-aspects of yourself and strive to be better. Love comes in here too; when you are in a loving relationship (and in love and loved); you have this amazing reservoir of energy within you that allows you to flourish and nurture.
It brings out the best in you and makes you strive to be better because someone cares and loves you; and vice versa. It is kind of like how we instinctively react to another’s perception of us, when they think well of us and believe in us, we want to do even better; but when they disparage us we will get defensive. Is it any wonder that our beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said that marriage is half of faith?