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From the Pastor..

June 2017

“When a man and woman wed, they enter upon a relationship which in its origin and attendant blessings bears the stamp of divine approval. God, having created His living, breathing masterpiece, the first man, laid down this universal truth for all subsequent ages, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone’ (Gen. 2:18); that is, it is not compatible with His highest happiness, his complete usefulness, to remain unmarried. This declaration of divine wisdom was then translated into divine action; God created for man a helpmate who corresponded to him physically, mentally, and spiritually. And when the first bride in all history was presented to the first groom, the voice that breathed o’er Eden that earliest wedding day pronounced its primal blessing. This divine benediction, the majestic ‘and God blessed them,’ has become the sacred pledge of happiness in Christian marriage.”

As you know, June has long been the traditional month for many to get married. In the exhortation, the bride is asked if she will “submit to your husband as the Church submits to Christ,” and the groom is asked, “Will you nourish and cherish your wife as Christ loved His body… giving Himself up for her?”.

This exhortation from St. Paul (Ephesians 5) often strikes many women the wrong way. The very language sounds like the wife is subservient to the husband and is binding herself to slavery “until death do us part.” But the divine exhortation is not about servitude, nor is it about masculine superiority. Consider the words of Walter A Maier:

“When at Calvary, all history’s holy of holies, we pause to survey the extent of Christ’s devotion to the Church, we bow before a love that came to give rather than to take, to serve instead of being served, a love that loved until the end, that bitter end when, in the greatest sacrifice of which even divine mercy could conceive, Christ died that His Church might live. By the impulse of this divine love the discussion of the term ‘obey’ becomes more academic than actual in any truly Christian marriage. Glorifying Christ, the husband will be impelled to cherish his wife with an intense affection, to acknowledge her virtues and accomplishments, to minimize her frailties, to perform the many services of love by working for her, providing for her, living for her, and if necessary, even dying for her, as Christ gave Himself for the Church.”

Husbands – do you love your wives by putting her good first at all times? Wives – do you love your husbands by hearing his word and voice, and receiving it with joy?

Both husbands and wives have indeed sinned and fallen short of what God designed for marriage. But wives: when your husband fails to love perfectly; husbands: when your wife fails to love perfectly – remember that marriage is a picture of Jesus’ love for you, the church. Jesus loved you so deeply that He gave himself up for you, that He might sanctify you, having cleansed you from transgression by the washing of water with the word, so that He might present you to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that you might be holy and without blemish (Ephesians 5:26-27).

Husbands, wives: you are not the perfect bride of Christ. But Christ covers over your sins and faults with His very life. In this manner, husbands, love your wives; and because of this, wives, rejoice in your husband. As Christ so loved us, we also love one another (1 John 4:11). Therefore, forgive each other, and repent from your own marital failings. And rejoice, for love covers over a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).

--Pastor Lorenz



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