Disconnected (1 Peter 3:7)

This verse begins with the word “Likewise,” which means it refers back to previous text.

1. Submission is a mutual obligation in marriage. One is to surrender to the needs of the other. As spouses, we surrender our right to be right. We do this in the fear of God. As leaders, we husbands must give our wives something to follow. Her needs might not always suit our needs.

The submission of the woman always hinges on the man’s ability to lead and the cause her to want to submit.

2. A solid relationship has two undeniable elements: trust and understanding. You have to get to know your wife and learn to speak her language. Likewise, our relationship with Jesus Christ is based on trust and understanding, and so it goes with our relationships to others.

It takes a long time to get to know your wife and requires much communication. God allows our opposites to attract for a reason and we ought to study one another. If you don’t know your wife it’s your fault. This is God’s sovereign will.

Men and women are not made the same. Women are “the weaker vessel.” This doesn’t mean women aren’t strong. It does mean that a woman is emotionally different and she ought to be treated differently.

3. Out wives must be treated with respect and viewed as the most valuable possession in our homes. A man is supposed to love his wife even more than his children. If you crush the heart, you crush the home.

Christian theology elevates the esteem of a woman. It is truly liberating to women. Do not be like men of false gods who disrespect women.

In order to avoid the inevitable bombshell of your marriage, you must treat your wife with respect and kindness and love. If you want your wife to be a blessing to you, you’d better be a blessing to her.

Don’t let the sun go down on your anger, lest there be bitterness.

A successful marriage is a union of two good forgivers. It is a partnership in the gospel. The two are heirs together.

4. Marriage is a spiritual journey of growing together, but growing apart is detrimental to the marriage and our relationship to God. You grow together because your marriage is a partnership. If you grow apart from your spouse, your spiritual growth will be stunted.

If we are going to have a revival in the church, it won’t come from the pulpit, but will start inside our homes.

If you can’t get along with your spouse, it’s because you love yourself more than you love God.

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