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 THE INSTITUTION CALLED MARRIAGE  VIII

** Outside of Salvation, your wife should be your greatest precious gift !! **

”  So ought men to love their wives, as their own bodies: he that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourish and cheriisheth it, even as the Lord the church:”  Ephesians 5:28-29.  A man’s children are parts of himself; his wife is himself; because the Scripture declares, “For the two shall be one flesh.” This is the duty and  the measure of his love. And it is so plain that if the husband understands how to treat himself, there needs nothing be added concerning his demeanor towards his wife; for what mighty care does he take of this body, and uses it with delicate tenderness, and cures of it in all contingencies, and watches to keep it from all evil and studies to make for it fair provisions, and is very often led by its inclinations and desires, and does never contradict its appetites; so let the husband love his wife as his own body.

5.THE LOVE OF CHRIST WAS PRACTICAL AND LABORIOUS:  By His mediation Christ provided everything for His Church at the cost which we can form no idea. It has been already stated that both the husband and wife are to assist in the cares of life. A good wife can not be idle.  Proverbs 31:10 reads, “ Who can find a virtuous woman?  for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life….. she looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not bread of idleness.

The business of providing for the family, however, belongs chiefly to the husband. It is his to rise up early, to sit late, to eat bread of carefulness, and to drink, if necessary, waters of affliction, that he may earn, by the sweat of his brow, a comfortable support for the domestic circle.  And for the benefit of the family the wife in general should devote her time and attention almost exclusively to the ways of her household;  her place is in the center of the domestic cares.  The children always want  a mother’s eye and hand, and should always have them. Let the husband then, have the care of providing; and the wife, that of distributing to the necessities of the family; for that is the rule both of reason and revelation.

A practical affection to a wife extends, to everything: it should manifest itself in the most delicate attention to her comfort and her feelings;  in consulting her tastes; in concealing her failings; in never doing anything to degrade her, but everything to exalt her before her children and others; in acknowledging her excellence and commending her efforts to please him;  in meeting, and even anticipating, all her reasonable requests; in short, in doing all that he can for substantial happiness and general comfort.

6.THE LOVE OF CHRIST WAS  DURABLE AND UNCHANGEABLE:  In the gospel of John 13:1 we read, “ Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the father, having loved His own, He loved them to the end.” The love of Christ for His Church knows no abatement or alteration. So ought  the husband to love his wife, not only at the beginning, but to the end of their union; when the charms of beauty have fled before the withering influence of disease; when the vigorous and sprightly frame has lost its elasticity, and the step has become slow and faltering; when the wrinkles of age have succeeded to the bloom of youth,  and the whole person seems rather the monument than the resemblance of what it once was.  If the rose of the lily have faded on the cheek, have not the fruits of righteousness grown in the soul? If those blossoms have departed, on which  the eye of youthful passion gazed with so much ardor,  has it not been to give way to the ripe fruit of Christian excellence?

The woman is not what she was, but the wife, the mother, the Christian  she became are better than they were.    We read in 2nd Corinthians 4:16, “...but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” As one old time preacher once said, “ …… point me not to the bridegroom, displaying,  of conjugal love in all its power and excellence during the first month of their union, all the watchfulness and tenderness of affection; but let me  look upon the husband and wife of fifty, whose love has been tried by the lapse and the changes of a quarter of a century, and who, through this period have grown in attachment and esteem; and whose affection, if not glowing with all the fervid heat of a midsummer’s day, is still like the sun-shine of an October noon, warm and beautiful, as reflected amidst autumnal tints.”

 

to be continued……………………………

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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).

There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”

But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)

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