Love and Respect
Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. Ephesians 5:33
The Bible opens and closes with a wedding. In the earliest pages of Genesis, God brought Adam and Eve together and officiated the first marriage in history. At the end of the Bible, the Lord Jesus and His Bride, the Church, are united at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Additionally, Jesus performed His first miracle at a wedding; and according to the book of Ephesians, marriage is emblematic of the relationship between Christ and His Church.
Marriage, it seems, is worth fighting for. It’s worth fighting for in our culture, and it’s also worth fighting for in our own lives. Most marriages go from the dream stage to the disappointment stage to the disillusionment stage. There’s not a perfect husband or wife on earth, and no one can live up to our moonlight ideas of romance. But the next stage is the most important—the decision stage. We have to choose to love the one we’ve married.
If you’re discouraged with your marriage, don’t give up. Give it to Him. The Creator of weddings is the Corrector of marriage. He can help you love and respect your husband or wife.
A Single Thought: Respect is a crucial ingredient in any successful relationship—families, coworkers, and friends all need to value one another.
Our Careful Unbelief
…do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. —Matthew 6:25
Jesus summed up commonsense carefulness in the life of a disciple as unbelief. If we have received the Spirit of God, He will squeeze right through our lives, as if to ask, “Now where do I come into this relationship, this vacation you have planned, or these new books you want to read?” And He always presses the point until we learn to make Him our first consideration. Whenever we put other things first, there is confusion.
“…do not worry about your life….” Don’t take the pressure of your provision upon yourself. It is not only wrong to worry, it is unbelief; worrying means we do not believe that God can look after the practical details of our lives, and it is never anything but those details that worry us. Have you ever noticed what Jesus said would choke the Word He puts in us? Is it the devil? No— “the cares of this world” (Matthew 13:22). It is always our little worries. We say, “I will not trust when I cannot see”— and that is where unbelief begins. The only cure for unbelief is obedience to the Spirit.
The greatest word of Jesus to His disciples is abandon.
A fanatic is one who entrenches himself in invincible ignorance. Baffled to Fight Better, 59 R