21st Century Husband and Wives Part 2
The Word of God is Spiritual Food for the Empowerment of our Soul!
In the last few decades we have seen an immense shift within our world. The Word of God has become optional for many. Quite often it is selected partially to prove a given point, but readily abandoned when that point does not suit the agenda. Or in fact when it brings discomfort or conviction you are subject to be labeled legalistic and or judgmental! In either case the need to delve deeper into the meaning of the Word of God is necessary. The Word of God is meant to be the “Life Manual” for those of us who are or claim to be believers. The Holy Spirit is available to help us better understand the principles of God's Word! Pray sincerely and ask the Lord to reveal to you its intended meaning. Then apply it to your own persoinal life daily. It is very importatnt to Know what you believe if you claim to be a Christian. The Word is the necessary spiritual food for the empowerment of our souls given to us by God our Creator.
Submission is a Choice
To be submissive does not mean to be a doormat or weak. It is a position of discipline and strength. This type of submissiveness again infers meekness. This is power under control as well as part of the Fruit of the Spirit. To many the idea of submission is outdated. But in reality submission is a choice. Submission in marriage should be mutual. The choice here is to trust God for the outcome of your sincere behavior and obedience to His Word. We in ourselves have the power to change no one. We can however have a degree of influence. Only with God is the impossible possible! God can open the heart so that it is receptive to receive your sincere intentions in the manner in which it they are intended.
The life of the believer is one of continual spiritual growth and discovery! This is why it is so important to spend time with the Lord in His Word! Unlike the world each day we are supposed to prepare as though the Lord were going to return. The Word of God cleanses our hearts and strengthens us to live our lives to please God. As we grow spiritually we become better equipped to discern and resist the spiritual warfare that wants to destroy marriage the way God intends. Marriage is a partnership where husband and wife work together and prepare for the day when they will meet the Lord face to face! Where they create a healthy living environment that welcomes and embraces the principles of God! The beauty of it all is it results in Eternal life in Heaven with the LORD!
Marriage is honorable in the eyes oif God! The key words here are “purity, peace and reverence.” God knows our hearts and despite what anyone else thinks this is what is important. It is through the blood of Jesus Christ that we can become “cleansed from all unrighteousness...” This is a daily ongoing process.
Inner Beauty is Really What Makes A Woman Attractive
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in GOD’S sight. “
Does this mean that women should not dress nicely? No! Not at all. It means that our main goal should be to tend the inner garden of our mind and soul and take care of our emotional and mental wellbeing. When we do the inner beauty of or souls will enhance our outer beauty. This is what really makes a woman attractive! Keep in mind that men tend to be more visual in their attraction. There are many instances in the Bible of women who were beautiful amd attractive. Sarah, Esther and Rebekah to name a few and there are many more. Tastefully develop your own personal style! It is what God thinks about us is what should matter most.
"For this is the way the Holy women of the past who put their hope in GOD used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear."
Here in this passage of scripture Sarah a beautiful woman is mentioned as one of the women who was submissive to her own husband. Abraham her husband is known as the father of nations. The Word teaches us that the Lord bestowed an ageless blessing upon him for his faithfulness to God. There is wonder working power in the Word of God. When embraced it emits an ageless inner beauty that radiates from within. It was Sarah who was far beyond the childbearing age when she gave birth to her son Isaac. This was a miracle in itself because Sarah was in her nineties but yet still attractive!
Husbands in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” I Peter 3:1-7
Submission in the biblical sense is not one sided. God tells the wife to be submissive but yet he charges the husband go be considerate and respectful. These are both qualities of submission. Together both husband and wife are joint heirs to the blessings of our Lord as they honor the Lord within their marriage. The Word is clear that the husband's prayers are hindered when he walks in error or disregards his wife. We should not only honor our marriages but the marriages of others! Each day is a precious “GIFT!” from God, when we honor our marriage vows and respect our covenant agreement we honor God. This is how we establish a healthy environment to welcome children and bring them up in the fear and admonition of the Lord. This is what also helps us to develop healthy boundaries. When a husband and wife are on one accord the presence of the Lord is welcomed within their marriage. There is power when two "Touch and agree in Jesus Name!" Although “the 21st century has ushered in some strange and disturbing beliefs about marriage “Holy Matrimony” still remains to be God’s design for marriage. Marriage HIS Way remains honorable in the eyes of God!