Get ready there is a great blessing coming! There is a blessing coming for men who love their wife like Christ loves the church!1Eph 5:25 NIV Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her2Col 3:19 NIV Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. The word encourages us to continue doing good for at the proper time we will reap a reward.3Ga 6:9 NIV Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Farmers sow seeds and reap crops. We sow blessings and reap a kingdom of love.4Ga 6:7-10 NIV Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. God is faithful.51Co 1:9 AV God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. If you haven’t seen the evidence of this yet then trust in the word and receive my testimony. I have seen a glimpse and there is a great blessing shaken down and pressed together – more than we can now imagine.6Lu 6:38 NIV Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Like an iceberg we may only see the small portion that is above the water. We can trust that God’s blessings are far greater than we can imagine. No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him!71Co 2:9 NIV However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” Fight the good fight81Ti 6:12 NIV Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. , love the unlovable9Lu 6:32-36 NIV “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners’, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. and cover a multitude of sins – just like Jesus.10Pr 10:12 NIV Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.111Pe 4:8 NIV Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Get ready there is a great blessing that has already been dispatched from heaven!12Ro 5:8 NIV But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are at peace.13Luke 11:21
If there is no peace in my home….
My Prayer: Lord forgive me for not standing strong and not being fully armed. Forgive me for neglecting time with you. You are faithful, You are my strength. Forgive me for not holding tightly to Your teachings for they prepare me. Forgive me for not trusting You and taking you at Your word; in faith I am armed for victory.
Heal me from the effects of my sin that I may fulfill the role of husband and father that You created me for. Please in Your mercy heal my wife and children from the effects of my sin. Amen
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.2Eph 5:25-30 AV
While talking with a friend about marriage and my role to love my wife like Christ loves the church I had a revelation. The bible tells me that it is by Christ’s stripes that I am healed.2Isa 53:3-5 NIV He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. Does that role also apply to husbands? I get the sense that it might although it raises a lot of questions. Does my wife’s health reflect how well I am fulfilling that role? If so, what are my stripes? Have I been avoiding them? How do I identify them? Clearly I don’t fully understand my role as a husband. Thankfully through the word and the Holy Spirit I am learning. While reading the other night I came across Pr 17:22, which I think may have application.
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.3Pr 17:22 AV
Consider: Life is in the blood4Le 17:11 AV For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul., the blood is made in the bones. Could it be that a crushed spirit ~ broken heart is included in my responsibility as a husband?
Is a this not a lot to consider and bring to the Lord for clarification?
My Prayer: Lord, this is a heavy thing to consider; the thought that it might be truth frightens me. Please teach me the truth and give me the grace to embrace truth and live it out. Amen.