For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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25As for husbands, love your wives, just as the Messiah loved the Messianic Community, indeed, gave himself up on its behalf, 26in order to set it apart for God, making it clean through immersion in the mikveh, so to speak, 27in order to present the Messianic Community to himself as a bride to be proud of, without a spot, wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and without defect. 28This is how husbands ought to love their wives — like their own bodies; for the man who loves his wife is loving himself. 29Why, no one ever hated his own flesh! On the contrary, he feeds it well and takes care of it, just as the Messiah does the Messianic Community, 30because we are parts of his Body. 31“Therefore a man will leave his father and mother and remain with his wife, and the two will become one.” 32There is profound truth hidden here, which I say concerns the Messiah and the Messianic Community. 33However, the text also applies to each of you individually: let each man love his wife as he does himself, and see that the wife respects her husband.
Take a lesson from Christ’s example. When we love as he loves, so much discord, misunderstanding, hurt, and pain is avoided. The believing world should not be guilty of the same distrust, fighting and selfish motivation as is seen in the unbelieving world. The contrast between the two worlds should be so obvious it draws unbelievers to the warmth and light of the believer’s world.
That warmth and light is the result of receiving from the Creator the same. On a cold, dark night most love to move close to a bright, warm fire; not to be burnt but to be comforted. Are we comforting or burning one another? Submission comes gladly, willingly to a comforting, warm place. Are we living and acting in such a way others outside our personal circles are drawn to us? Are we radiating the fire of the Spirit in love?
The enemy places thoughts that grow, thoughts of rebellion and strife, thoughts of accusation and suspicion. Prowling like a lion to disturb the peace and set God’s people fighting one another, sometimes over words that are often just misunderstood. Know the enemy, be aware of the efforts to divide. As it is that often words are what tear apart families and spouses, so also they work at destroying God’s kingdom on earth. The armor of God is given to us to deflect and put out those burning arrows. Knowledge of truth around the waist and God’s righteousness guarding the heart and lungs keeps the core protected and supported. Feet shod with peace that gives stability and a helmet to protect the mind complete the ‘uniform’ put on by the believer. Weapons to protect and advance; the shield and sword, faith and God’s Word taken up by the believer.
just as the Messiah loved …Can we treat one another in this way?
Pray – God, be gracious to us and bless us. May Your face shine toward us.
Repent – There have been times I’ve been guilty of not submitting, willingly to You. Forgive me. I am so blessed by Your forgiveness.
Ask – Grant me the strength to grasp the height, breadth, depth and length of Your love. Help me to know it, even though it is beyond all knowing, so that I may be filled with the fullness of You God and others may be warmed and comforted at Your fire.
Yes – Let my lips speak praise, because You teach me Your ways; let my tongue sing of Your promise because all Your commands are righteous. Thank you.