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

Submission

genuine, thoughtful, beautifully written.

See, there's this thing called biology...

Violet asked for a post on submission, and I do love requests, so I am compelled to completely humiliate myself here in her honor. Also, it’s a huge stumbling block for non believers, something that often keeps them away from faith, so it’s an issue that runs close to my heart.

First off there are two kinds of submission, submitting to God, which is pretty much what you have to do to come to faith in the first place. There are no shortcuts there, no way around it, the very first step is to submit to the fact that you are a sinner and in need of a Savior. Yes, it is a very humbling thing, and God is far above you, but there is no Savior more worthy.

There are some over laps between submitting to God and submitting in the context of marriage, but Violet is asking specifically…

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