Responsibility of the husband

BethanySMC - Friday, 28 September 2012 01:54

Who we ought to be & what we ought to do according to letters of Apostle Peter.

Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them (wives) according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. 1 Peter 3:7

When God brought Eve to Adam, He realized that she was the best gift that God had given him. And most of us who are married have felt something similar to what Adam felt that day when he first saw her, was able to talk to her. Now Adam had someone like him that he could unite with and share everything. This is just a small fragment from the picture of a beautiful marriage. They lived together for almost a thousand years and were able to enjoy this sweet fellowship together, adding more and more colors to their picture.

How about us? In this present culture, the picture of marriage in the modern family doesn’t have much color to it. By the age of 50, many have been married several times or more; looking back at past relationships with regret and guilt. In the Christian subculture, we see the same dark shades as in the world. We reap the consequences of breaking God’s order as we neglect to do our part that we have been created for.

If modern-day women had the same mindset and perspective that Eve had when God gave her to Adam: I am created for this man, the entire purpose of my existence is to make Adam’s life better and to help him. And If men had the same mindset as Adam: to protect and care for the one God gave him for the rest of his life – modern day marriages would last for hundreds of years (if it would be possible to live that long).

If husbands today would assume full responsibility for the spiritual and physical condition of their wife, considering their limitations and unique qualities, honoring them and treating them as equal, many homes would become a Garden of Eden again.

What Peter writes to the church concerning the husband and wife, speaks volumes for the roles that they should be in to make family life beautiful and honoring to God. Every husband is called to be a priest in his home, to plead before God on behalf of his family. God talked to Adam in the garden – He still wants to talk to men at their home. Each husband should realize that every time he acts selfish toward his wife, inconsiderate, or violates her conscience by manipulating her into doing the things that she continually objects – he builds a wall between him and God. Unfaithfulness, lust after somebody else, unrepeated sin and lack of wisdom are the major building blocks for this wall. Payers are hindered and the whole family suffers from it. If this wall is not dealt with, the beautiful family garden soon becomes a dry death valley.

…dwell with them according to knowledge Peter writes. Each husband has to know his own wife, and strive not to be a stumbling block to her. If I could paraphrase 1Co.8:11-13 I would say this: Be careful lest through your knowledge shall your wife perish, for whom Christ died. But when you sin so against your wife, and wound her conscience, you sin against Christ. Wherefore, if something makes my wife to offend, I will avoid it, lest I make my wife be offended.

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