Spousal Love and Holiness?

Ephesians 5:25-27 (25)

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

The Saturday Evening Post published an article entitled “The Seven Ages of the Married Cold.” It revealed the reaction of a husband to his wife’s colds during their first seven years of marriage.

Year one: “Sugar dumpling, I’m really worried about my baby girl. …. I’m putting you in the hospital this afternoon for a general checkup and a good rest….

Year two: “Listen, darling, I don’t like the sound of that cough. I called Doc Miller and asked him to rush over here. ..

Year three: “Maybe you’d better lie down, honey: nothing like a little rest when you feel lousy. …

Year four: “Now look, dear, be sensible. After you’ve fed the kids, washed the dishes and finished the floor, you’d better lie down.”…

Year five: “Why don’t you take a couple of aspirin?”…

Year six: “I wish you’d just gargle, instead of sitting around all evening barking like a seal!”…

Year seven: “Stop sneezing! Are you trying to give me pneumonia?”…

How is loving your spouse connected to being holy?  Jesus lamented that the Ephesians had left their first love.  As a marital relationship can become cool so a relationship with Jesus Christ can become lukewarm.  It is essential that we give attention to kindling the fires of romantic love in our marriages and also in our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Dr. Gayle Woods

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