John Chrysostom (347 – 407 AD)

Husbands, Do Not Scold Your Wives

A servant indeed one will be able, perhaps, to bind down by fear; but not even him, for he will soon start away and be gone. But the partner of one’s life, the mother of one’s children, the foundation of one’s every joy, one ought never to chain down by fear and menaces, but with love and good temper. For what sort of union is that where the wife trembles at her husband? And what sort of pleasure will the husband himself enjoy, if he dwells with his wife as with a slave, and not as with a free woman? Indeed, though you should suffer anything on her account, do not scold her; for neither did Christ do this.

Reflection: Ephesians 5:25–33; Colossians 3:19; 1 Peter 3:7