Supping with the Puritans – Married love



Sunflowers and finches by Nada Knauss


Matthew 19:3-6

NASB

Some Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him and asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?” And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”


A Puritan’s Mind

“Loving Each Other. This is both the husband’s (Col. 3:19) and the wife’s duty (Tit. 2:4). Love is the great reason and comfort of marriage. This love is not merely romance, but genuine and constant affection and care for each other ‘fervently with a pure heart’ (1 Pet. 1:22). Marital love cannot be based on beauty or wealth, for these are passing, and not even on piety, for that may decay. It must be based upon God’s command which never changes. The marriage vow obliges ‘for better or for worse,’ and married persons ought to consider their own spouses the best in the world for them. Marital love must be durable, lasting even after death has severed the bond (Prov. 31:12). This true-hearted love brings true content and comfort in its train. It guards against adultery and jealousy. It prevents or lessens family trouble. Without it, the marriage is like a bone out of joint. There is pain until it is restored.”

Richard Steele

*Perhaps some of what Pastor Steele said should be questioned but overall his words are worthy of acceptance.


Photo: Sunflowers and finches by Nada Knauss

4 thoughts on “Supping with the Puritans – Married love

  1. My husband and I were just discussing this yesterday. I was grieved to have been invited to a very inappropriate party for women. The marriage bond is such a beautiful gift, the world perverts it into something ugly. It so saddens my heart! God has blessed me tremendously with my husband, this is a wonderful passage on marriage. Thank you for sharing, dear sister!

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    • Dear little sister, it’s easy to get discouraged by what is all around us – you’re right that it’s grievous. I’m so happy that you have a loving Christian husband and grateful that the Lord has helped my husband and me to weather storms, to forgive, to respect, to laugh – it’s hard to imagine life without him – but oh, that trouble belongs to another day, so Jesus says I can’t worry. ❤

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