Saturday, February 21, 2009
I went to a Catholic Men's conference today, and one of the speakers talked about being husbands and fathers into todays culture. He talked about the need for fathers to be involved in their childrens lives. He also talked about how husbands should love their wives. As I sat listening a scripture verse popped into my head and i really started thinking about what it meant and I think it might be my favorite verse in the bible about marriage. The verse is: 1 Cor 7:4 A wife does not have authority over her own body, but rather her husband, and similarly a husband does not have authority over his own body, but rather his wife. This verse is profound. It is about spouses loving and trusting each other completely. So completely that they no longer have authority over themselves, but freely give that authority over to each other. It is about spouses trusting each other so much that they have nothing to hide from each other, and keep no secrets from each other. When this happens they think not of themselves first, but of their spouse. This is possible because the two are joined by God and become one flesh. If you think about this verse it is what two spouses promise each other as they stand on the alter before God and enter a Covenant.