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Respect, Love, and Marriage (Part III of III)

Considerations Ephesians 5:22, 28 & 33, Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord ... husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself ... each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Paul declared that it is the husband’s responsibility to see that love is nurtured and strengthened in the marriage. Yes, the husband is the head of the house, giving leadership to his wife and children. He is responsible for all decisions affecting the direction and care of the home. But the Lord in these verses is also bestowing upon the husband the primary responsibility of fostering love in the marriage. If there is a quarrel, the husband should play the role of peacemaker and fence mender. God commands husbands to love – and love means meeting your mate more than halfway in an argument, altering your point of view, changing plans for the benefit of your spouse, always ready to be flexible in the small concerns of life that unfortunately can trouble so many. It is impossible to exaggerate the cleansing effect that Christianity had on home life in the ancient world and the benefits Christianity brought to women and to the institution of marriage. Marriage is the oldest, ordained, and ordered institution in the history of civilization (Genesis 2:7-25) and there is no better formula for success in marriage than a respectful wife and a loving husband. Wives, by respecting your husband, God is asking you to voluntarily place yourself under his leadership for the sake of family unity. Husbands, by loving your wife, God is asking you to serve her and to sacrifice for her, treating her as something priceless and valuable. In order for the family to be what God intended it to be, each spouse must fill his or her proper place. As a Christian wife and husband, the relationship you have between one another reflects the relationship you have with Jesus. AMEN. Like us at Facebook: firstchristianchurchdonnatexas. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Chris Voss is a pastor at First Christian Church, 317 S. Main, Donna. ...

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