A Man’s Love for His Wife

It has been said that a man’s love for his wife can be seen in his tenderness toward her.

We were sitting by the lake enjoying the surrounding beauty.  Nearby was a young family with four children. The dad was playing in the water with the younger three while his pregnant wife was wading along the shore with their oldest son, about 11.

Suddenly the oldest son had an idea.  He wanted to row his mother out on the lake in the rowboat.  We watched them set out—he rowing his mother while his dad waved goodbye. When they reached the center of the lake we noticed the boy stand up and dive in the water. He then began swimming back to shore leaving his pregnant mother alone in the boat!

She picked up the oars and began rowing.  Her husband saw what happened and I overheard him tell their daughter to watch the two younger ones.  He dived in and swam out to the boat and pushed it to shore.

Perhaps his wife would have been fine rowing the boat back to shore herself.  But her husband was taking no chances. She smiled at him as he gently took her hand and helped her out of the boat.  I thought to myself, “What a sweet picture of a man’s tenderness toward his wife.”

Nor did I hear him scold the oldest son for abandoning his mother.  But I did see him talk privately with his son while the boy nodded apologetically.

Later we noticed the family praying together before eating their picnic lunch.
I thought to myself, “There’s a man who loves his wife and honors God.  How blessed they are!

  •  Husbands, love your wives,  just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.      Ephesians 5:25
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God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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8 Responses to A Man’s Love for His Wife

  1. Liana says:

    Beautiful! Do Christian families really comprehend the absolute gift they have? Being able to share God’s love amongst them, each able to be blessed with the fragrance of the Rose. To be walking in the Light and not have to ‘share’ that light with darkness in homes where there are some believers, some non-believers. Praise God there is never any darkness in the Light and the Light will always prevail in darkness. Sending blessings and hugs xxx

    • Kathleen says:

      Beautifully stated Liana! Those who walk in the Light and live with non-believers in the home, can most appreciate the gift that equally yoked couples have.

  2. I love this story. How beautiful. Not only did he take care of his wife but he gently informed the son of his mistake. So many men would have reacted out of fear and frustation and yelled at the young boy. Yet this man showed love for his son and showed his son grace.

  3. Roy Wilhelm says:

    Wonderful tender story. This is a good lesson on how to be a REAL man. GBY! Roy

  4. Frank King says:

    Nice share, Kathleen. You captured something powerful in a family enjoying a day at the lake. As men, we can find simple ways to demonstrate love for our family.

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