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Passionate Love is a must read for all couples who desire to create and maintain a lasting love and passion filled marriage. In Passionate Love, Pastor George Mwansa outlines how husbands ought to love their wives by systematically drawing lessons from Christ's love for the church. He also gives wives guidelines on how to submit to their husbands – God's way.

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Chapter THIS THING 11 CALLED LOVE The word “ichitemwiko” in Bemba, the language through which I process my thoughts and have my culture defined, means “love” in English. This word simply means having warm regards and affections for. Its connotations [adore, be devoted to, care for, find irresistible and be fond of] are colored with feelings of warmth. In the Greek language, however, there are several meanings of the word “love.” The word that is translated “love” in Ephesians 5:25 [Husbands love your wives] is Agape. Agape is the very essence of God's being. “God is love” [1 John 2:8]. This unique quality or nature of God compelled Him to send His Son to die for us “while we were yet sinners” [Romans 5:8]. Unfortunately this type of love is unknown, not just in my language, but even in many others as well. May be this is one reason why it is such a difficult concept to grasp. Indeed how can one easily understand a reality that does not exist in one's language? The first time I met Helgar, the woman I am married to at the writing of this manuscript, it was her pretty face and beautiful eyes that made her stand out where she sat. That was a Friday in the evening at a meeting of student doctors, and nurses at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. It was however the following day, Sabbath afternoon

Chapter PASSIONATE LOVE 22 How did Christ love the church? Christ loved the Church, His bride, passionately. He came from heaven where He was heaven's beloved Commander “to seek and to save what was lost” [Luke 19:10]. Heaven, the place where our Creator lives, is the most beautiful and glorious place in the universe. On the contrary, our earth, marred and polluted by sin, could be said to be the ugliest habitable place in the universe. Jesus left the most beautiful place for the most deplorable and despicable one in order to save His bride. His commitment to this unenviable task is seen in His declaration to a teacher of the law who came to Him seeking to follow Him: “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head” [Matthew 8:20]. It mattered not that He would have no place to lay His head. He would nevertheless come and pursue His bride until she was secure in His arms. Surely that's passionate love – that's commitment. Christ's love was not just fervent, but focused. He was clear about who the bride was. Consequently He “wore,” as it were, blinkers to ensure He was not distracted by any allurement as He pursued His prized goal. He

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