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Likewise, Wives…

Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct.

1 Peter 3:1-2 – Scripture Of The Day (January 3, 2014)

Jack Nicholson’s famous line to Helen Hunt in As Good As It Gets comes to mind:  “You make me want to be a better man.”  Wives, you have no idea how true that can be when you are married to an imperfect man who has an honest and open heart (Luke 8:15) and you apply this passage to your relationship with him.  My wife is the best person I know and my best friend not because she is my wife, but because of what kind of wife she is.  Beth is one of the purest Christians I know, and that’s coming from someone who lives with her day in and day out and who is very aware of her sins and shortcomings.  Her kindness, compassion, empathy, and godliness is what makes her pure.  Over the ten years of our marriage, I have seen her grow both in purity and in the respect she shows to me and to others.  In the past she has told me that I have helped her be better in several ways.  While that may be true, her respectful and pure conduct shown in her goals to be a better Christian, a better wife, and a better mother are a continual example for me to try to attain the same goals as a Christian husband and father, and as a preacher.  Many times it is her example and my desire to be better for her which it produces that causes me to examine myself (2 Cor. 13:5) and have that godly sorrow over my own sins and shortcomings which produces repentance, which in turn leads to salvation (2 Cor. 7:9-11).  I guess in the end we help each other…and isn’t that what a marriage is supposed to be? Helping each other get to heaven?

Ladies, if you are married to a decent man and you want to do your part to help him overcome his weaknesses and grow closer to God, I encourage you to keep this passage in mind.  Submit to him as head of your home and treat him and everyone else with respect and purity rather than nag and berate him to death.  You’d be amazed at what a difference that can make!  God definitely knows what he’s talking about!

Beth, thank you for being the kind of wife and mother you are.  I love you very much, sweetheart…

Go Therefore And Make Disciples Of All Nations…

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

Matthew 28:19-20 – Scripture Of The Day (January 2, 2014)

The mission of the church.  Christians are God’s chosen people for one reason…to tell others about God (1 Pet. 2:9).  Our own salvation from hell is but a perk given out of God’s grace (Tit. 2:11; Rom. 6:23).  While we may have initially obeyed the gospel out of a desire to be saved from condemnation (Acts 2:36-41), we must grow to care about the spiritual well-being of others more than ourselves (Phil. 2:3-4; cf. Ex. 32:31-33).  We will come to take our mission seriously only when we realize that we are surrounded by lost souls who need the gospel just like we do.  At that point, we will be unable to be silent (Jer. 20:9).  Praise God that he is with us in this endeavor, helping us and giving us the increase!  (Phil. 2:13; 1 Cor. 3:5-9; 2 Cor. 9:8-11)  With God at our side, we cannot fail!  Have you fulfilled your mission today, Christian?

Judge not…

Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.

Luke 6:37-38 – Scripture Of The Day (Jan 1, 2014 – one day late…sorry)

Contextually, this is Luke’s parallel of Matthew’s famous “Judge not lest ye be judged” passage (Matt. 7:1-5).  A careful reading of that passage, along with other passages such as John 7:24 and 1 Corinthians 5:12-13, shows that Christ is not condemning judging per se (a command which would be impossible to obey; if you tell me I’m wrong to judge you, you yourself just judged me).  Rather, he wants us to examine the WAY we judge others.  Hypocritical, unmerciful judgment by us will lead to God and others judging us the same way, and rightly so.  Righteous, merciful judgment which is quick to forgiven when repentance is shown (Luke 17:3-4), given by humble Christians who are not only aware of their own faults but are actively working to overcome them, is pleasing to God.