Due Benevolence

Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband {by rendering due benevolence}. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife– I Corinthians 7:3-4. These verses are extremely precious for the sacrament of holy marriage. First, due benevolence relates to satisfying the other in every category of the marriage. Benevolence from the Greek Text literally means good feelings, and this is something that the husband and the wife provide for the other. The next section of the above verse is specifically talking about this in even greater detail, for man cannot satisfy himself alone (that is the power, or rather the lack thereof) in the way his spouse can empower him who has become one flesh with him, a man can only become wholly complete with his lifetime wife, and vice versa. What completes a man or a woman in marriage is their spouse. It cannot be (spiritually and godly speaking) accomplished by any other means or with any other person. This is why so many people today who try to satisfy themselves outside the home and apart from the way God set up marriage at the beginning (Genesis 2:24) can end up on a lifelong search for satisfaction that never truly becomes fulfilled in their heart because God said cleave, not leave. In Hebrews 13:4 we read “Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled.”  Marriage is honorable, it is something to desire, and something that God truly blesses!  …and the bed undefiled is also true for a married couple. Thus, it is better to marry than to burn– I Corinthians 7:9, and still some will take the burn, lose the due benevolence, and never come to feel and enjoy the truth written for the most excellent benefits in the marriage. The true diamonds and joys of married life have always been right before our very eyes, in the home, and with the one with whom God has given us to enjoy our lives together as husband and wife.” ~LMJ~