A United Arab Emirates newspaper (called the Khaleej Times) recently reported the case of a woman who decided to divorce her husband after a year of marriage, ‘because he loved her too much and never once argued with her’.
The woman wanted to divorce her husband at the Shariah court near Dubai because she felt ‘choked by his love and affection’. In her own words, she said, “He never yelled at me or turned me down.
He even helped me clean the house. I long for one day of dispute, but this seems impossible with my romantic husband, who always forgave me and showered me with gifts. I need a real discussion, even an argument, not this hassle-free life of obedience.”
Her husband said that he felt he had done nothing wrong and that his only goal was to be a perfect and kind husband. He said that he went to great lengths to please his wife, telling judges that, one time, when she complained about his weight, he went on a diet and started exercising. He even suffered a fractured leg as a result of his efforts. He said, “It’s not fair to judge a marriage from the first year, and everybody learns from their mistakes.” The court adjourned the case to give the two parties a chance to reconcile.
This is one CRAZY story in the news, but was this man wrong to love his wife? Was there more to this story than what the news reported? We may never know, but men ought to love their wives. The Bible says in Ephesians 5:25, Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.
In reality, we think the divorce rate would all but disappear if men would truly start to love their wives, and if, in return, the wives would give themselves to their husbands.
But, when it comes to Christ and the church, does Jesus really love His people? If you just answered “yes,” then the next question is, “are you really giving yourself to the Lord Jesus?”