By Peter Kennedy
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” – Ephesians 5:25.
JONATHAN Edwards was a preacher and theologian who was one of the sparks of the “Great Awakening” spiritual revival in America.
On July 28, 1727, Jonathan Edwards and Sarah Pierrepont were married. She was the match Jonathan needed. She was the love of his life and she loved him with all of her heart. A biographer of the time wrote that she built a home “of order and neatness, of peace and comfort, of harmony and love.”
When Jonathan Edwards died at age 55, Sarah wrote a letter to their daughter. She said, “Oh my very dear child, what shall I say? A holy and good God has covered us with a dark cloud. Oh, that we may all kiss the rod and lay our hands on our mouths for the Lord has done it and God has made me adore His goodness, that we had your father so long. But my God lives and He has my heart. Oh what a legacy my husband and your father have left for us.”
Biographer George Marsden noted “the Edwards family produced scores of clergymen, thirteen presidents of higher learning, sixty-five professors, and many other persons of notable achievements.”
Husbands love your wives as Christ loves you. Today in prayer, praise the Lord for your spouse. Then tell your spouse how much you love her or him.
“A man and a woman should choose each other for life for the simple reason that a long life is barely enough time for a man and woman to understand each other-and to understand is to love.” – George Truett
God’s Word: “In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.” – Ephesians 5:28.