[bibletalk] An Unexpected Teaching

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From: "Steve Preston" <prstn496@...>
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 08:53:45 -0400
An Unexpected Teaching

	Most would think that a wife would not need to be 
taught to love their husband. After all, is it not implied by the 
relationship of wife to husband that love would naturally be 
involved? Of course love in involved in a marriage but love the
way God intended it to be is not a natural reaction that two people
would necessarily have toward one another. That a particular type 
of love must be taught is most likely an unexpected teaching from God.
However, turning to the scriptures, we find that in fact God has 
decreed that love needs to be taught. In Titus 2:3-4 we read ".that 
aged women likewise be reverent in demeanor, not slanderers nor enslaved to 
much wine, teachers of that which is good; that they may train the young
women to love their husbands, to love their children" (Tit 2:3-4). Notice
that the older women are instructed to "train the young women to love 
their husbands." Love obviously involves more that just emotion. What 
this "love" entails is not spelled out for us but most likely means 
supporting the husband in taking care of the home and his physical needs.
The love that God expects a wife to have for her husband is a learned 
response from years spent together. It is right and good then for those 
who have managed several years with a spouse to share the expertise with 
those that have just begun a marriage. 

In Christ, Steve Preston

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