Let’s Discuss Chapter 6
We are up to Part II of the book on “Your Marriage.”
I want you to consider for a moment.
Forget everything you know about marriage from our experience, our culture, television and movies. Imagine that you were dropped onto our planet from outer space and you open the Bible to discover how marriage was created to function. What would your conclusions be?
I am afraid that culture has so heavily inundated us with their perception and opinions that it has distorted what a God honoring marriage looks like- even for Christians.
Oh friends…please know that God’s ways are higher than ours. I would never tell a woman to submit to her husband on my own inclination. I only say it because it’s right there in God’s word (Eph.5:24, Col. 3:18, Titus 2:5, I Pet. 3:1) and because I believe in Him and trust Him – I am taking Him at his word on how marriage should run.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
His ways are so much higher than ours – we simply cannot use our human reasoning to reason our way out of this. We have to take it on faith but…you will be misunderstood for believing this. It was only 2 weeks ago that Candace Cameron Bure was drug through a media frenzy for saying that she submits to her husband. Here’s a recent interview:
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Even within the church and the Christian blogosphere there are those who say these passages are archaic or not authoritative. They twist scripture to fit their own liking. They write long discourses to explain it away. These passages are not intellectually difficult but they are spiritually difficult. They require a faith that says – “God I trust that your ways are higher than mine, your word is authoritative and I want to honor you more than honor my own whims and desires – so I will obey.”
Our spiritual strength is tested when verbal accusations come our way. But if you are mocked, remember this. We follow a man who was crucified and disciples who were beaten, whipped, clubbed to death (James, the lesser), beheaded (Matthew & James, the great), stoned (Steven), burned alive (Thomas), crucified (Andrew) and crucified upside down (Peter).
Oh friends, do not let those words fall lightly on you…when we follow God’s word it will not always be welcomed by the world that stands on the sidelines watching.
Here’s a 3 minute video regarding creation and the The Role of the Wife.
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1.) We all have husbands with different needs. What are some areas you already help your husband?
2.) Read Genesis 2:18 and the context there. What are some areas where you could work to be a better source of support and encouragement?
For Extra Discussion go to the Forum and click on the thread that says “Chapters 6″.
Walk with the King,