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here is a direct correlation between   throughout the NT. The primary respon-
              roles, responsibilities and relation-  sibility that a husband has toward his wife
        Tships, affecting unity and harmony   is that he loves her. In Ephesians 5, we are
        both in the assembly and in the family.   given the measure of love. In verse 25, it is
        When we have a right appreciation of the   the display of love: “Christ also loved the
        significance of the roles that others have,   church, and gave himself for it.” In verse
        only then will we have a right relationship   28, it is the degree of love: “So ought men
        with them.                            to love their wives as their own bodies.”
          The institution of marriage was divinely   In verse 33, it is the depth of love: “so love
        ordained by God and constitutes a most   his wife even as himself.”
        sacred union between husband and wife   In Colossians 3:19, we are given the
        (Gen 2:18-24; Mat 19:5; Eph 5:31). If this   manner of love. The injunction, “Hus-
        union is to be preserved, and husband and   bands, love your wives, and be not bitter
        wife are to enjoy a loving and harmonious   against them,” would express the demean-
        relationship together, there must be a true   our of love.
        perspective of the roles and responsibili-  There are at least three different words
        ties of each associated with marriage and   used to describe the responsibility of the
        family life.                          wife to her husband. Individually and
          When the Lord God formed Adam       collectively, they bring before us the idea
        from the dust of the ground, He said, “It   of the meekness of love. In Ephesians 5:22,
        is not good that the man should be alone”   it is the devotion of love: “Wives, submit
        (Gen 2:18).  It is interesting to notice that   yourselves unto your own husbands, as
        everything  that  was  made  up  to  that   unto the Lord.”
        point in time was “good.” The Lord said,   In Colossians 3:18, it is the duty of love:
        “I will make him an help meet for him.”   “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own
        The word “meet” is not “mate,” although   husbands, as it is fit in the Lord,” or what
        there is a real sense in which that is true.   is required by the Word of God.  In 1Peter

        The expression means ideally suited for   3:1, it is the design of love: “Ye wives, be in
        him. In providing Adam with a “help   subjection to your own husbands; that, if
        meet,” God ensured that Adam would    any obey not the word, they … may … be
        know Eve’s companionship, as well as her   won by the conversation of the wives.” In
        contribution, in their service together for   Ephesians 5:33, a very strong word is used
        Him in His garden.                    to bring before us the dignity of love: “The
          The principles concerning the relation-  wife see that she reverence her husband.”
        ship between husband and wife estab-  The word “reverence” is to fear – not so
        lished in the book of Genesis are taught   much to be afraid of, in that sense, but to
        ¹ Scripture quotations in this article are from the   have a godly respect for.
        KJV.                                    These  responsibilities  are the com-

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