A Few of God’s Thoughts on Marriage

“For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” -Genesis 2:24

“Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her; that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless. So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body. For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh.

This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each individual among you also love his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see to it that she respect her husband.” – Ephesians 5:22-33

“Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

“In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. And let not your adornment be merely external – braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands. Thus Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear.

You husbands likewise, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with a weaker vessel, since she is a woman; and grant her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

To sum up, let all be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil, or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.” -1 Peter 3:1-9

25 years ago today, I married my high school sweetheart – “to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.”

Lord, I thank you for the wonderful gift of my husband – and I pray that you would make me into the wife for him that you describe in your Word for Your honor and glory.

Blessings,
Nancy

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4 Responses

  1. Nancy and Jeff,
    Happy anniversary #25! I was so glad to find your weblog so I could send you a message today instead of a late card (my bad!). We are thinking of you today and pray that God will continue to bless your marriage. Bill and I want you to know that we are thinking of you and Jeff and remember the day of your wedding. Remember all the fun we had talking about our weddings and looking at the bridal magazines? I want so much to catch up with you and have a nice long talk sometime. We will be welcoming our first grandchild into the family this August. The details should be discussed over e-mail or phone. The boys are doing well in college, and Emma is doing well in high school. It’s hard to believe 25 years have gone by. Please say Happy Birthday to Robert and Ryan also. You are in my prayers, never to be forgotten!
    Love,
    Kathy

  2. By the way, it’s Kathy Abrahamson, in case you didn’t figure that out! I have a blog too…Joyful Journey Journal.
    K

  3. Hi Kathy!!

    How wonderful to hear from you! Thanks so much for the thoughts and prayers. I will e-mail you so we can get caught up.

    Love,
    Nancy

  4. Nancy,
    I hope you still have my e-mail somewhere. Let me know if you need it. I can’t wait to hear from you! Your life sounds so wonderful, and I’m glad things are going well.
    Love,
    Kathy

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