Mother’s Day

BY MICHAEL BRANDES “HUSBANDS, LOVE YOUR WIVES, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it” (Eph. 5:25). This is the essence of Mother’s Day! How fortunate we are to have such wonderful wives and families. Today i am speaking up for the wives of husbands not very often sensitive to their wives nor to their feelings. True, the Bible does admonish wives to submit to their husbands, and so they should. However, the Bible also says that husbands love their wives “as Christ also loved the Church.” In my mind, this indicates that the preeminent command of Christ in this instance is that husbands first love their wives before expecting submission in return. Even though spoken of after wives submitting, should not husbands should love first, and expect submission later. In God’s grand scheme of things (the Adam and Eve example), husbands are spoken of as the person first responsible for their wives and families. Husbands were created first and, therefore, should be responsible first. In other words, the buck stops with the husband. He is to be the spiritual leader of the home, he is to be the moral leader of his family, he is to be the protector of both home and family, and he is to love his wife. The husband should love first, and trust that his example will be followed later. Be assured, wives want a strong, loving, providing, protecting Christian husband to be proud of and to submit to; they really do. But they do not want, and should not get, a dominating husband void of love for them and the family. Wives deserve a loving, kind, gentle, faithful, Christ-like man. Will you be such a husband today? Will you love first and worry about submission later? If men resolve to love unconditionally, and to love first, as Jesus loved us, you will have the lovely, submissive wife you desire. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, DEAR MOTHERS! Editing note: (The small “i” is purposely used as i do not refer to myself as the Big “I.” The Big “I” is reserved for GOD. Please let me know if you got this e-mail.