Correspondence with a couple with
I am sorry to hear about your wife's problems.
A woman's emotional system is much more sensitive than men, but we men
do not often understand that.
Regarding your part in loving her I would like to offer a few
The word "loving" is quite often misunderstood. Many think of it
only in an emotional, and not in a practical way.
1 John 3:18 "My little
children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and
in truth." Here we have both the emotional and practical
side of love. Word and tongue (emotional) deed and truth (practical).
# 1 To tell her that you love her, also to hug and caress her is
the emotional side of love. When you come home from a hard day's
work, it is best to meet your wife with a big hug and kiss. It is
likewise important that she do the same. This is often a relief for
both after a tiring day. A woman needs this part, so does a man.
# 2 To show her that love in a practical way is to help her with
the menial tasks about the home. Like washing the dishes, when she is
tired out. Diapering the baby now and then. Cleaning the stove
after dinner. I just got through doing that to our glass top stove.
Yesterday, my wife said she was tired when I brought in five quarts of
strawberries. I told her to sit down, and I hulled and got them ready
for freezing. She appreciated that.
Now, in Eph 5: we have the best advice for a marriage. Here is
some of it:
V. 22 Wives,
submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the
church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Here in the model marriage the
wife is to submit herself to her husband, her head. Paralleling
this to the church and Christ.
Here is the husband's part; V.25
- Husbands, love your wives, even as
Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
That he might sanctify and cleanse
it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to
glorious church, not having spot,
or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without
The application in: V.28 So
ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his
wife loveth himself.
A wife has a hard time submitting
to a husband that does not love her both emotionally and practically.
Here is the wife part: V.33 Nevertheless
let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself;
and the wife see
that she reverence her husband.
Putting this all together it
simple means that a husband has a difficult time loving a wife that is
not submissive and a wife has the
same difficulty with submitting to a
husband that is not loving, both emotionally and practically.
a man is occupied with so much in the world in order that he might be
the bread winner for the family. His mind is, and has to be, often away
from the home, and family. The wife lives twenty-four hours of her day
with the home and family. She has a greater need in the home than that
of the husband.
Men respond well to big thing that happen in life, whereas, a wife is
made happy with many little things. Just a helping hand now and then
and a little word of praise goes a long ways with wives.
My prayer is that both you and ?? will set scriptural guide lines for a
Do keep me informed. Written to help.
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JJuly 14th 2005, by Harold Smith