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Verses 3-4: “Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.”

My wife attended a Christian high school, and she recalled a lesson she learned in class about God’s design for marriage. The speaker in the class described what would happen if you took 2 sheets of notebook paper and glued them together. After drying sufficiently, if you attempted to separate the papers, you couldn’t do so without tearing them. Each paper would wind up, at best, tearing off part of the other piece of paper, when they were able to be separated at all. You might say each sheet owned the other.

Obviously a great object lesson in “the two becoming one”. However, it also demonstrates the destructiveness of divorce. That’s why it is so important to enter marriage seriously and thoughtfully, putting God first in the relationship. Remember, it is God Who created marriage, and He meant it to last a lifetime. Husbands and wives today would do well to remember the above verses. If each partner in the relationship took seriously the “ownership” of each other, they would better strive to protect and to nurture that union. Marriage also is an analogy to Jesus Christ and the church; remember, He paid a huge price to buy our redemption and salvation; we need to remember as Christians just Who really should be “calling the shots” in our daily lives.

Something to think about.

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Verses 22-25, 28-29, 33: “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.”
“So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.”
“Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”

My wife and I were discussing these verses. There is a wealth of devotions that we could write on this subject alone. If you look around society today, you’ll see the institutions of marriage, wives, and husbands under attack. As a husband, I have a book on my shelf (which I admit I need to reread) called “Four Pillars of a Man’s Heart” by Stu Weber. In that book he gives a good visual representation of four pillars holding up a roof, and what happens when one or more are not centered as they were meant to be.

Basically though, I guess the devotion to share on this today is:

According to the Word:
If husbands did what they were supposed to do…
And wives did what they were supposed to do…
Then divorce lawyers would have nothing to do!

Something to think about today.

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verse 17: “That leaves the companion of her youth, And forgets the covenant of her God;”

In this chapter, wisdom is shown how it protects against the evil man and the adulteress. This latter half of the chapter deals with the adulteress. My Ryrie Bible had footnotes on “what kind of woman is the adulteress? She is a flatterer (v. 16); unfaithful to her husband (v. 17); may have a religious background but is backslidden (v. 17); and offers a taste of life but delivers death (vv. 18-19).”

The verse struck a chord with me in regards to our society today. We have too many marriages breaking up, and the reasons don’t hold water. This is hitting not only non-church couples, but church couples with alarming frequency. When a man and a woman enter into holy matrimony, it is a covenant agreement before God. Marriage is not easy, but it seems like divorce (giving up) is easier! That shouldn’t be. It is sad that, in the verse above, the adulteress came from a marital relationship, but left “the companion of her youth”.

Growing old ain’t for sissies. But I’d much rather grow old with my wife who I started married life with! Folks, married life has its ups and downs, but hang in there. The finish line is much more satisfying for those who stay the course with the wife/husband that they started the journey with. Better that you grow old in wisdom together, than learn the hard knocks on the road of divorce.

Have a blessed day!

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