This post is from my Husband/Sir. After i had posted Wanton Word of the Week, the word love, Sir and i have been talking about english vernacular in comparison to other languages in regards to the word love.
Below is a post In His Words.
I’m a believer and follower of Christ. Not a particularly good or consistent one, but I’m trying.
I try to spend a bit of time reading each day, and even have a nifty program that will display the bible in the original Greek text. So I try to reason out the original meanings and context. The word love for instance has different specific meanings in Greek and isn’t used like in English; I love cheetos, I love a parade, I love my iPhone, I love my mother, I love the wantonwife.
Obviously I don’t love these things in the same way. The word love has been so overused to be almost rendered meaningless.
Without flipping back to Greek, I’d imagine the ‘loves’ referenced in this passage from Matthew are likely philos or agape. Christ is not commanding us to romantically love our neighbours :)
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a]
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]
40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
I think about the next passage almost daily in the context of my wantonwife’s desires with regards to BDSM. I am truly not a natural sadist. I don’t take personal pleasure in causing pain. Although, I do take great pleasure in making my wantonwife feel satisfied, cherished, and loved. This passage indicates that even though I am instructed to take a Dominant role, that Dominance is not to feed my ego or simply to fill selfish desires, it is part of my obligation to my wife.
22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
26 to make her holy, cleansing[b] her by the washing with water through the word,
27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church—
30 for we are members of his body.
31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[c]
32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.
33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
The Wanton Husband