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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).
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