Today: Called to be a family – of God!
Passage: 1 Peter 3
5 For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror. (1 Peter 3, NIV 84) –emphasis added
What is the “terror” mentioned in the above verses?
Was Sarah being “threatened” by her friends for respecting Abraham too much?
The scripture above may be looked upon as out-dated by many today
Sarah respected Abraham and called him “Lord”. She meant it. It was not just “another way” to address him.
But today, many consider their spouse as a load, not Lord!
I am not suggesting how wives should address their husband. What is important is the attitude, in the relationship. How we say, is equally or more important than what we say.
Attitude matters the most, in marriage. It really does!
Bible gives us these advices on marriage and family under the expectation that marriage is until “death do us part”, and not until “divorce do us part”!
When we buy stuff from a store/shop, there are things of different quality. Some last long, some don’t. Good quality stuff lasts long, and is a little expensive
Bible talks about good stuff, quality stuff. It talks about love and faithfulness, that keeps us going a long way. There is a cost for that, but it pays in the long run. These days, many things are copied from the world, by people of the word. When we simply try to copy what others are doing, make sure we are not going the “cheap” way. We may end up where they end up, not where God wants us to
Many families and churches are failing big time these days. Many people are struggling in these two areas. The cure is to check with “the book” and find out where it is going wrong, and fix it.
Joshua said, “me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh 24). That was not easy. Joshua was a leader par excellence!
Christian family is a representation of Christ and the Church. It is like too much is expected out of a husband, while it makes the lives of wives easier (!)
7 Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered. (1 Pet 3, NIV 84)
Husband is to “dwell” with the wife emotionally, not only physically. It is quite possible to sleep on the same bed and be somewhere else in mind. That is bad!
Discipline is the key. We need to say “no” to various temptations and “opportunities”, to stay committed. It all depends on the goal in life
If we know where we are going, things will be easy. Unfortunately, most don’t!
The scripture above says that wives are heirs together with the husbands, in God’s kingdom. That means, they need to be respected from a spiritual point of view. (That might be “shocking” to many, who plan to be there alone!)
God will help. Have a blessed day!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I know that you have a plan not only for me, but also for my family. Help me to re-orient my personal and family life, to make it the way you want. Help me to restore and revive my personal and family prayer. Amen
“If we love quality, we better love the Book and live by it”