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HOW DO YOU TREAT YOUR SPOUSE? by Chad Ramsey The Bible has a great deal to say about the way that we deal with one another. Whether it is discussing the relationship that exists between employees and their employers (Ephesians 6:5-9), citizens and their government (Romans 13:1-2), parents and their children (Ephesians 6:1-4), or even individuals and their enemies (Matthew 5:43-48), God’s word describes how we ought to treat one another. With that in mind, it should not surprise us that the Bible also describes the way that we ought to treat our spouse. The Bible teaches that we ought to love our spouse. Though this ought to be a given, many individuals fall woefully short in this area. Paul wrote: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her” (Ephesians 5:25). If we love our spouse in the same manner that Christ loved His bride— the church—will treat our spouse in the best possible manner. To practice true love, we must seek what is best for our spouse. Thus, selfishness must be cast aside. The Bible teaches that we ought to nourish and cherish our spouse. Continuing his discussion about marriage, Paul wrote: “So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church” (Ephesians 5:28-29). If we nourish and cherish our spouse, we will treat them in a manner that seeks to protect them and provide for them. The Bible teaches that we ought not be bitter toward our spouse. In his letter to the Colossians, Paul wrote: “Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them” (Colossians 3:19). Rather than treating our spouse in manner that promotes bitterness, let’s seek to be kind in all that we do or say (Ephesians 4:32). Let’s treat our spouse like we want to be treated (Matthew 7:12). Brought to you by the SOUTH JACKSON STREET CHURCH OF CHRIST 109 W . H arrington Street, H ouston, M ississipp i S u nd ay W orship ● 10:30 a.m . & 6:00 p.m . Sun. Bible Study 9:30 a.m. ● Wed. Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
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