Quotes and Notes for the Day
THE INSTITUTION CALLED MARRIAGE IX
” Husbands, to know how to love Your Wives, You must First know how Christ loved You.”
” … even as Christ loved the Church and gave himself or it, that He might sanctify and cleans it with the washing of the water by the blood.” Ephesians 5:25-26.
Husband, call to recollection the tender attentions, by which you won the affection and the confidence of the woman, who forsook her father, and her mother, and the home of her childhood, to find a resting place for her heart in your attachment. You are urged affection to your wife, by the reminder of that solemn moment when, in the presence of Heaven and earth, you bound yourself by oath, to throw open, and keep open your heart as the fountain of your wife’s happiness, and to devote your whole life to the promotion of her welfare. ”
Now if nothing else can prevail, common sense should, for no man can hate his wife, without hating himself, for “she is his own flesh.” He should cherish his wife like a precious gem. He needs to recognize her worth and let her know that she is precious. She should be exalted, lifted up and highly prized. He must know that his wife is his number one priority by the time he gives her , and by the emphasis he places upon her.
The husband and the wife are equal and have equal standing before God. Yes, the wife has everything the man has spiritually. She is joint-heir with her husband. They are equal in person but not in role (authority). The husband depends on the wife to a degree and the wife depends on her husband to a degree. Role in a relationship has to do with function, not person. Remember therefore that it is not a matter of her person but her role that the Bible speaks of the wife as a weaker vessel. Both the husband and wife are vessels, but God placed the husband over his wife to rule in the marriage. The husband therefore, has priority in his role. She is weak in the sense that God gave the husband the leadership of the home, and his primary responsibility is to guard his wife. That is why the bible calls the wife the weaker vessel. The husband also is under the authority of Christ in that marriage.
What will be the ultimate purpose of all this? Does the husband have to love his wife, and that the wife reverence her husband, and be in submission, so that they live a happy and worry free life? That being the ultimate purpose, the Bible speaks of a higher goal (principle) than that, “ ……That your prayers be not hindered.” 1st Peter 3:7. Prayer is at the very center of life, since it is our link with the living God. Everything else in life hinges on having an effective prayer life. No Christian husband should presume to think that any spiritual good will be accomplished by his life without an effective ministry of prayer. And no husband may expect an effective prayer life unless he lives with his wife according to knowledge, giving honor.
The husband and the wife must be in harmony if God is going to answer their prayers. If there is bitterness in the marriage God will not answer the couple’s prayers. if the husband does not take this seriously, Satan will dig trench and his prayers will never get through.A marriage that is out of tune emotionally will soon be out of tune spiritually. If husband and wife don’t have communication with each other they can not have communication with God. To put this bluntly, the husband can not ignore his wife and get through with God. The almighty takes the side of the weaker vessel !!
yes, when the husband chose not to honor his wife, and love and cherish her as he should, then he also made a deliberate decision regarding his prayer life. The Psalmist wrote by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, “If I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear me.” Psalm 66:18. Along the same line Isaiah the prophet penned in Isaiah 59:2, “ …. But your iniquities have separated you between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” If your prayers are not effective, your life will not be effective in the ultimate sense. The enemy (Devil) is out to hamper and hinder our prayer life, and that is why you must heed to the warning given, and remove any hindrance from our going to the Throne of Grace. “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrew 4:16.
to be continued……………………………
From The Staff of Peoples Gospel Hour
How to be Saved …and KNOW it – your most important stop on this site.
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff.