Love Your Spouse
In Ephesians 5 the Apostle Paul said that women were to submit to their husbands. Most people reject this approach at face value today. And yet I meet many people who live happily together. I meet other people who believe that men ought to “rule” their wives (and wives who try to rule their husbands) and are not so happy at all.
In thinking about this, it occurs to us that perhaps people in our culture incorrectly interpret Paul’s statement due to a cultural bias.
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The Important Stuff – that’s what we’re talking about today – some of the things that Jesus told us were important. We started with what He said was the great commandment, which is to love God. So that would be the most important thing. And now we’re working on the second greatest commandment, which is love our neighbor as ourselves. So far, we’ve talked about loving our family, loving our congregation, loving our community – all those people are neighbors, because they’re not us. And now we’re working on another aspect of loving our neighbor. And that is Love Your Spouse. Those of you who aren’t married, but hope to be, it’s good for you, too.
I was talking to a woman recently, who told me, when she grew up, that her parents were really stingy with her. They had nice clothes. She didn’t think hers were so good. They went out a lot. She said that they didn’t take her with them. She always felt deprived. And she decided, when she had a child, she would not be like that with her child. So she had a son and she gave him everything that he wanted. Unfortunately, she overdid it. She went to the opposite extreme and gave him so much that he was spoiled. And as a result, he thought he deserved everything without working for it. He was lazy, angry and without empathy for other people.