In an organized society, there are some foundations and cornerstones that bring stability to the base. Those foundations, when solid, can withstand great weight and stress from external forces. Amid that stress, there can be pain, grief, and loss. The ability to move on afterward, however is tied directly to the strength and stability of what lies underneath.
It is critical to evaluate one’s personal walk with God. It is always easier to find fault in others than it is to admit our own insufficiencies. More importantly, in our society, we must remember how critical the covenant of marriage and the strength of family is. I am increasingly reminded that Satan wants to destroy the very pillars of marriage and family to destabilize the entire nation.
As husbands, we MUST love our wives unconditionally and sacrificially. They truly bring strength, stability, and order to our homes. They are the ones that make our houses HOMES and our children awesome adults. They sacrifice more in a day than most husbands do in a lifetime. As husbands, we are the only humans, most times, that our wives can be totally themselves to. That may sometimes be difficult, but that is our role. Step back and look at all the birthdays, holidays, and events from school plays to soccer games and evaluate who really dressed, fed, and cleaned up those events–MOM.
As wives, the only real gift you can give your husband is the respect that he needs as he attacks the world each day. It is simply a thankless existence to make a living and do the things dads do to keep the boat afloat. It never is enough, and it never brings any accolades. Wives are the critical people to respect and build up their spouses as the world takes aim at them each day. Wives know the heart of their warriors grow faint and need someone to be in their corner; cheering them on to face the next day’s battle.
Together, marriage is a strong foundation to build families. Families are the basis of understanding authority and living in decent society. In families, we learn that everyone has a voice. In families, we learn to disagree without becoming disagreeable. We learn that we simply do not always get our way. We learn “we are not all that and a box of crackerjacks.” We learn the word NO. We learn the terms Yes Ma’am and Yes Sir.
In short, God knew what he was doing to make marriage a covenant and not simply a living arrangement. It is the foundation of what keeps a nation alive. As you face your week. please–Husbands, love your wives like Christ loved the church and gave himself for it. Wives honor your husbands and give them the respect and devotion that absolutely no one else in the world is willing to give.
God Bless You
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Wives and Husbands
22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.[a] 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.