Husband Hassles

Don’t let the title fool you, my wife does not hassle me. What hassles me are the heights of Scripture!

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 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. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

Ephesians 5:25-28

The words of the apostle Paul cause me to lie awake at night, challenged and distraught by my continual, seeming, lack of love for my wife. Again, not that I don’t love her, but the depth of my love in comparison to the love of Christ seems dull and feeble.

However, I must first and foremost find myself submitted to Christ. It is only out of a place of awe and reverence for Christ from which I will be able to love my wife the way she deserves.

After submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Ephesians 5:21

This verse is often translated with the verses preceeding, but it is agreed by most that it should be translated with the verses proceeding. My earlier quote (and the verses about a wife’s submission to the husband) follows the foundational point of submitting out of awe, reverence, and worship for Christ.

To my fellow married Christian brothers, who desire to be the best for your wife, set your attention upon Christ before your wife, then allow the riches of your relationship with Him flow into your marriage. For my unmarried brothers, learn this truth and embed it deep in your life so that it may be a firm foundation for you.

A love story…

Before you all excited, it’s not what you think. It’s got nothing to do with me…sorry. Maybe except that I was a privileged recipient of this story. During my time here in Toowoomba, I’ve been honoured to meet many who have walked life’s journey for many years. To be able to hear their stories, their adventures, and their perspectives was a blessing we often dismiss in our younger years.

This afternoon, I sat with an 85 year old man who in the space of 15 minutes gained my deepest respect. In those brief moments, as he recounted his story, I was impressed by the love he had for his departed wife. He shared, particularly, of the last 19 years of her life affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
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Samson: Achilles heel

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Reading: Judges 15:1-17:13

Focus: Judges 16:1-20

Let’s face it, men have a common weakness…women. For all we guys may try and ignore the issue, whether it be our mothers, sisters, wives, girlfriends, or just female friends…they have a “special” part in our lives. It is the greatest of all love-hate relationships, that is, between man and woman. As the cliché goes, “You can’t live with ‘em, you can’t live without ‘em.” Yet, there are times when particular women become the bain of our existence and all hell breaks loose…in those times, you wonder why God made them in the first place (and women constantly wonder why God made men at all! hehe…)

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Jacob: a new brother…

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Reading: Genesis 32:1-35:15

Focus: Genesis 32:1-12

There is hope! For all of us siblings who grew up fighting and arguing, there is hope! What would seem one of the most difficult situations to reconcile, we find that age and maturity changes things. The story of Jacob and Esau is one that certainly shows that there is opportunity for reconciliation. Even after Jacob deceived Esau into selling his birthright, then to go and steal Esau’s blessing… you’d think they’d be a bloody feud breakout when the two brothers met once again. Instead, we find a joyful, maybe a little awkward situation for Jacob, reception from Esau.

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