This week my wife and I are married forty-three years. Many are the lessons that are learned when two people are married that length of time. The thing is, the same lesson can be learned many times, and each time our understanding is deepened; and the impact that it makes on our decision making ability is strengthend.
During this week I spent time in Peter’s first letter, “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously…” (1 Peter 2:21-23)
The purposes that we (believers) have been called to are stated in chapter 3. Women and wives are to submit even to an unbelieving husband. “…With the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.” Vs 4. Men, “In the same way” that is, in the same way as Christ submitted Himself to the will of the Father. Men and husbands are to, “…live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.” (1 Peter 3:7)
The lesson: my relationship with my wife is so important, and interwoven with my relationship to God, that when it’s broken, it hurts my prayer life. This is no small matter to a man who depends on God.
My relationship with my wife is so relevant, that I can’t walk with God productively, unless I walk with my wife well. To all you husbands out there, pay attention to what I’m writing, because it will affect the most important relationship you’ll ever have. The way you interact with God, depends on the way you treat your wife. And my wife says – AMEN!
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