„Remember that women are ordinarily affectionate, passionate creatures, and as they love much themselves, so they expect much love from you.” A puritan said what?

The more I read the Puritans, the more I learn how much respect I should have for those before us and what they knew. I decided I wanted to read more about the Puritans. The Puritans were a significant grouping of English Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries. Puritanism in this sense was founded by some Marian exiles from the clergy shortly after the accession of Elizabeth I of England in 1559, as an activist movement within the Church of England. Puritans by definition felt that the English Reformation had not gone far enough, and that the Church of England was tolerant of practices which they associated with the Catholic Church. They formed into and identified with various religious groups advocating greater „purity” of worship and doctrine, as well as personal and group piety.

I came across this writing from Richard Baxter, written as an exhortation for men and women  on the treatise of marriage. What is truly impressive, is the understanding that Baxter has of women, and the sensitive treatment he accords them in the marriage relationship. For example here are a couple of points that are very well made:

  • in point#9 he says – Don’t magnify her imperfections until they drive you crazy. (Consider also your own infirmities, and how much your wives must bear with you.)
  • in point#11 he says – A good husband is the best means to make a good and loving wife.
  • point #3 he says – Fighting chills love, fighting makes your spouse undesirable to you in your mind.
  • in point #7 he says – Your dissension will expose you to the malice of Satan, and give him advantage for many, many temptations.
  • Do not forget that you are both diseased persons, full of infirmities; and therefore expect the fruit of those infirmities in each other; and do not act surprised about it, as if you had never known of it before. Decide to be patient with one another; remembering that you took one another as sinful, frail, imperfect persons, and not as angels, or as blameless and perfect.

and my absolute favorite one:

  • Agree together beforehand, that when one of you is sinfully angry and upset the other shall silently and gently bear it until you have come to your sanity.

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Razboi in familie de Richard Wurmbrand

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Richard Wurmbrand – text 1 Corinteni 11:11. povesteste din calatoriile sale – printre credinciosi si necredinciosi, indiferent de virsta, sotii se pling unul de celalat. El declara ca este razboi in familie si da sfaturi pentru familia crestina.

Predica – sint 4 fisiere video. Ascultati pina la sfirsit si se va incarca urmatorul fisier. (Durata – Aprox. 10 minute fiecare video)

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