Quotes and Notes for the Day
THE INSTITUTION CALLED MARRIAGE VII
( The Responsibility of A Husband To His Wife. )
“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church, and gave Himself for it.” Ephesians 5:22, 25.
The ground of a happy marriage is love. This duty which though for reasons is especially enjoined on the husband, belongs equally to the wife. “ see that ye love one another with pure heart fervently.” (1st peter 1:22). Love must be mutual, or there can be no happiness; at least none for the party which does not love.Where love be wanting, marriage is degraded into a brutal or a sordid compact.
In expressing the duties of the husband and wife in the conjugal union, the husband is the most in danger of failing in his duty. What is the reason this is so especially enjoined upon the husband? Why is he so particularly bound to the exercise of affection? It is true that husbands are more deficient in love than their wives by their very nature. Placed by the creator as the “head of the wife” with the right to govern his household he is more in peril of the consciousness of superiority. What about the wife? She excels in tenderness, in strength and in consistency of affection by her very nature. The woman (wife) who is loved will automatically respond to that love, because she is made that way!!
The Scripture provides with two models for the husband, when God commands him to love his wife. The first model is, the love which Christ has manifested for His Church; In Ephesians 5:25 we read, “Husbands love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it;” and the second model will be, the love which man bears for himself. In Ephesians 5:28 we read, “So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.” Now with regard to the first model, we ask, what are the properties (ingredients) of Christ’s love for His Church?
1.THE LOVE OF CHRIST WAS SINCERE: Christ did not love in words only but in deed and in truth. In him there was no dissimulation (hypocrisy) going out of a feigned lips; no actions varnished over with a mere covering of love. ” let love be without dissimulation..” The husband must be like Christ, in emulating and endeavoring to maintain a principle of true love in his heart, as well as show of it in the conduct.
2.THE LOVE OF CHRIST WAS ARDENT: Such love glowed in the breast and of our Lord, when He lived and died for His people. In John 13:1 we read, “……. having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.” This ought to be the state of the heart of the husband towards the woman he chose to be his wife. It is true we can not and will not attain the same degree of love, if not as a model, yet as a motive, it should teach the husband , that no weak affection is due or should be offered to the wife of his bosom. If Christ laid down His life for us, it is our duty to lay down our lives for the brethren. And how much more to employ that kind of sacrificial love to the one who for her husband’s sake left has forsaken the comfortable home, and the watch care of her parents?
3.THE LOVE OF CHRIST WAS SUPREME: The love of Christ for His Church is supreme in that He gave the ultimate sacrifice of His precious blood , but also ” that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of the water by the word. Thant he might present it to himself a glorious church not having a spot of wrinkle..” (Ephesians 526-27). Christ will rest in His love. He will rejoice over His church with joy. So must the husband regard his wife, above all else; he must “ rest in his love”. He should regard his wife not only above all outside of the house, but also above all within the house. She must take precedence, both in his heart and conduct, not only of strangers, but of all relatives, and also of all his children.
4.THE LOVE OF CHRIST WAS UNIFORM: We read in Hebrews 13:8, that ” Christ Jesus the same yesterday, and today and forever.” Like His attributes and character the love of Christ for His church is uniform- unwavering, constant and unchanging!! The love of the husband to his wife should have the same character; it should be at all times and in all places, alike; the same at home as abroad!!
to be continued……………………………
From The Staff of Peoples Gospel Hour
How to be Saved …and KNOW it – your most important stop on this site.
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)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff.