Meditatioin

06/28/2022

A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.” (Proverbs 12:4)

Strong contrasts are made in Proverbs between wives who are acceptable in their behavior and those who are not. The Good wife is valued as a gift from the Lord (18:22; 19:14), but the bad wife is generally a quarrelsome one (19:13; 21:9, 19, 25-24; 27:15-17). The good wife is respected by her husband and brings honor to his name (31:23). Only a relationship of trust and commitment from both parties can lead to the respect and honor needed for family success.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You have taught us that the covenant of marriage is not just intended for awhile, but for a lifetime. We have a responsibility to You first, as we take vows in front of You and call attention too You, but to become an integral part of our relationship with each other, as well as with You. Today we continue to pray troops serving in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that a peaceful solution might be found and let the fighting be silenced. We also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

The Eternal Arms shelter you. ‘Underneath are the Everlasting Arms.’ This promise is to those who rise above the Earth-life and seek to soar higher, to the Kingdom of heaven. You must not feel the burden of your failure. Go on in faith, the clouds will clear, and the way will lighten—-the path becomes less stony with every step you take. So run that you may obtain. A rigid doing of the simple duties, and success will crown your efforts. I had no words of reproach for any I healed. The man was whole and free who had wrecked his physical being by sin—-whose palsy I healed. The woman at the well was not overwhelmed by My ‘Thou has had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband.’ The woman taken in adultery was told ‘Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.’ She was not told to bear the burden of the consciousness of her sin… Remember now abideth these three, Faith, Hope, and Charity. Faith is your attitude towards Me. Charity your attitude towards your fellowman but, as necessary, is Hope which is confidence in yourself to succeed.” (From ‘God Calling’, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.”

KNOWING GOD:

Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in every thing, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.” (Colossians 3:18-21)

Paul applied the concept of mutual submission to Christian family relationships: husband-wife, parent-child. In each case self-giving of one to the other is described. For the wife it is voluntary yielding in love to her husband’s headship in the home. The husband is to yield himself to his wife in the same spirit that Christ yielded Himself to the cross to establish the church. Children are to submit themselves to their parents in obedience and fathers are to give themselves to the task of guidance and discipline for their children. Mutual submission does not define how individual families will determine role responsibilities in the home. It affirms a new attitude of voluntary submission in love from each family member based upon Christian faith. Submission as a Christian attitude is basic to social life in the gospel. It refuses to use other people as objects, and it understands authority as servanthood.

I AM:

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives submit yourselves to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body; of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything” (Ephesians 5:22-22)

Husbands may seem to be getting an unbalanced advantage over wives and children, but they position as the husband and father of the family is to teach the word of God to the family. He must also be respectful towards his wife and honor her work within the family. As today, most two parent families must work, and so the sharing of the duties of teaching the word of God is essential and this is a primary reason the parents should be equally yoked in their faith and His Word.

2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Jesus replied, ‘And why o you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, ‘Honor you father and mother and ‘Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.’ But you say that, if a man says to his father or mother, ‘Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is a gift devoted to God,’ he is not to ‘honor his father’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.” (Matthew 15:3-6)

Family responsibilities are not to be set aside to fulfill religious obligations. The law required faithful Jews to care for their parents in their old age, but oral tradition provided a way for selfish children to avoid this responsibility. By declaring all their property to be “corban,” given to God, they could tell their parents they had no money available to help them (Mark 7:1-13) Jesus placed His trust firmly on the biblical revelation and rejected the oral tradition which pious Jews believed was as binding as the law. Thank You, Jesus!

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