The Difference Between Men And Women:
Tonight, I thought my husband was acting weird. We had made plans to meet at a nice restaurant for dinner. I was shopping with my friends all day long, so I thought he was upset at the fact that I was a bit late, but he made no comment on it.
Conversation wasn't flowing, so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk. He agreed, but he didn't say much. I asked him what was wrong. He said, “Nothing.” I asked him if it was my fault that he was upset.
He said he wasn't upset, that it had nothing to do with me, and not to worry about it. On the way home, I told him that I loved him. He smiled slightly, and kept driving. I can't explain his behavior. I don't know why he didn't say, “I love you, too.”
When we got home, I felt as if I had lost him completely, as if he wanted nothing to do with me anymore. He just sat there quietly, and watched TV. He continued to seem distant and absent.
Finally, with silence all around us, I decided to go to bed. About 15 minutes later, he came to bed. But I still felt that he was distracted, and his thoughts were somewhere else. He fell asleep - I cried.
I don't know what to do. I'm almost sure that his thoughts are with someone else.
My life is a disaster.
Motorcycle won't start... Can't figure out why.
Alas! God in his wisdom made both men and women. As the book of Genesis says (1:27): "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." Given this Divine explanation of origin, there are obvious differences between the sexes.
Yet, different though we may be, as men and women, we are nonetheless made so that we are incomplete without each other. We yearn for someone whom we can love and whose love we can receive. And God’s ultimate plan for the fulfillment of that need is to be found in the bond of marriage.
As the traditional Protestant wedding ceremony puts it:
Marriage is God’s first institution for the welfare of the race. In the quiet bowers of Eden before the forbidden tree had yielded its fateful fruit or the tempter had touched the world, God saw that it was not good for man to be alone. He therefore made a helpmate suitable for him, and in so doing established the rite of marriage, all the while heavenly hosts witnessed this wonderful scene.
Originated in Divine wisdom and goodness, designed to promote human happiness and holiness, this rite of marriage is the foundation of home life and social order, and must so remain till the end of time. It was sanctioned and honored by the presence and the power of our Lord Jesus Christ at the marriage in Cana, of Galilee, and marked the beginning of His wondrous works. So also is it commended by the Apostle Paul to be honorable among all men.
So it is ordained that a man shall leave his father and his mother and cleave unto his wife; and they together will become one flesh, united in all the hopes and all the aims and all the sentiments and in all the interests of this present time.
This statement of purpose then ends with the following admonition:
Since marriage is holy, it is not be entered into unadvisedly or lightly; but reverently, discreetly, and in the fear and admonition of the Lord.
May these sentiments ever underlie this most fundamental of all human relationships, not only during the Valentine’s season when love is in the air; but also in the less romantic times of life. For true love manifests itself in more than just the mere emotion of one single day set aside each year for the celebration of romantic love. True love manifests itself in faithfulness and commitment throughout the other 364 days as well.
Perhaps that is exactly what Jesus had in mind when (in Matthew 19:5) He quoted Genesis 2:24 and said: "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."
No doubt the Apostle Paul did as well, for he too quoted the same passage from Genesis when he wrote the following in his New Testament letter to the Ephesian Christians (5:28-33):
"In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church - for we are members of his body. 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.' This is a profound mystery - but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband."
And that is true love!