Witness Him Now
Everywhere I look I see marriages under attack. Christian marriages. People who love Jesus are making choices that should not be made. But what we don't understand is that how we treat our husbands or our wives is really how we are treating Jesus. Ephesians 5:31-32 says, "A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect (honor) her husband."
Women, we are called to bring honor and glory and respect to our husbands. That is our high calling, our purpose, our privilege. It doesn't say honor them if they deserve it, it says honor them. To honor someone is to give them "high esteem" and "high respect." It means we will never do or say anything that would cause anyone to think less of them. We do this by the way we look at them, treat them, dress, act. We do this by what we say. We do this by not allowing any other man close to us - we are set apart completely for one man only. Our actions and attitudes bring great honor to our husbands, or great dishonor. What we don't realize is that what we are really doing is bringing great honor or great dishonor to Jesus by our actions toward our husbands. Ouch.
Husbands, you are called to love your wives as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for it. He gave His everything for a faithless, crazy, off-the-chain bride who was not near worthy of His love, but He did it anyway. When you choose to love your wife - despite her craziness, despite her lack of respect, despite her wayward heart - you represent God's unfailing love on this planet, and God gets much glory. 1 Corinthians 11:7 says, "A man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man."
Did you get that? Men, you are the image and glory of God. It is you we are looking to to see God and to see God's glory. Women, we are the glory of man. It is our privilege and honor to get to bring honor to our husbands. When we do this, he is then in a position to bring honor and glory to God. This is a great mystery. God uses marriages to bring His children into a right relationship with Himself. As we begin to do what God is asking us to do in our marriages - wives, honor your husbands, and husbands love your wives - we can see the plan of the ages unfolding in all its beauty right before our eyes.
Friends, I choose until my dying breath to bring honor to my husband. I choose to never do or say anything that would do otherwise. That good man will be lifted high in my heart and on my lips for all eternity. It is my prayer that many of you will choose to do the same. Because I choose to do this, I know that my Savior will get much praise and honor as well. This was the plan from the beginning of time, two become one. "I in you, you in Me, them in Us." One.
I pray the God of restoration come with power into your home. May God send His kindness that leads to repentance. May forgiveness come. May broken hearts be mended. May light and truth come to guide the way. May honor and respect and unfailing love march in and take over, and may joy and peace and laughter be fill your hearts and your home to overflowing. I ask this in the mighty name of Jesus. AMEN
Blessings, my friends,
The scripture says, "May you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers."