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Larry Ripple stole $3000 from a Kansas City bank at gunpoint. Then he sat down in the bank lobby, told a security guard, “I am the guy you are looking for,” and waited for police. He then confessed to police that he had earlier argued with his wife and told her “he’d rather be in jail than at home.” The police charged him with bank robbery, then released him.

This may be an extreme example, but marriage often becomes a battlefield rather than the place of emotional warmth and intimacy that God intended. How are we working to keep our own marriages places of refuge? It doesn’t take much to make a marriage superior to jail time. I wonder if Ripple when home when he was released? --Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell.

The Week, September 23, 2016 p. 12

Ephesians 5:22–33 (HCSB) “Wives, submit to your own husbands as to the Lord, 23 for the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of the body. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so wives are to submit to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word. 27 He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless. 28 In the same way, husbands are to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hates his own flesh but provides and cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, 30 since we are members of His body. 31 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. 32 This mystery is profound, but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 To sum up, each one of you is to love his wife as himself, and the wife is to respect her husband.”

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