Bible Ballistics: BBs #211 A Fortnight Of Thanks-Living #1!
I am very glad that we spend this time of “Thanksgiving”—a time to remind people to be thankful!!! That’s a pretty tall order in our world of “entitlements” and the demand for one’s “rights”, whether it’s “right” or not! A world lacking “gratitude” is a world gone awry. So, we’re going to spend the time between now and Thanksgiving Day considering some of the things that we can be “grateful” for.
I’d like to start this emphasis on gratitude by thanking God for my spouse, my loving and faithful husband! It is a great privilege and honor to have been blessed by God with a wonderful, godly man to spend my life with, to serve God with, to share the joys and sorrows of life with. God calls us to be conscious of our blessings in this regard:
“Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.” Psalm 5:18
“The aged women likewise, ….. 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,” Titus 2:3-4
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;” Ephesians 5:25
Whether you’re the husband or the wife, we are called to rejoice with our spouse, to love each another as Christ loved His church—“and gave himself for it”. Self-sacrificing love is a rarity these days, but it’s what we are called to exercise toward those to whom we are married.
But there’s even more that we need to consider from scripture. There is never any attitude of thankfulness that can tolerate an attitude of “superior” and “inferior” within the marriage relationship! We are each made in the image of God—male and female, and as we practice self-less, self-sacrificing love, that we talked about above, we must understand that there is an order of function within the marriage union and the home; an order reflecting God’s establishment of the home—a loving leader and a loving companion. We are to strive for a union of interdependence not one of superiority and subservience.
“Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. 10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. 12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.” 1 Corinthians 11:9-12
While we don’t have time to go into the detailed context of this passage, it is dealing with the marriage relationship, and Paul is calling us to recognize our “interdependence” NOT each one’s “independence”!!! We are to respect and appreciate our differences and acknowledge that “all things of God”, meaning that we are to love, respect and be grateful for the spouse that God has blessed us with-becoming “ONE”. The husband isn’t to “lord it over” his wife, neither the wife to be “demanding” of her own way, but each one is to remember that we were created to “complete” NOT “compete” for dominance in the home. Striving together with gratitude, remembering that God created each of us and He brought us together and has created us to function together for the growth of one another, and His glory! To demonstrate to the world what real love and respect looks like in a godly home.
So, take some time today and tell your special spouse how much you love them, appreciate them and are thankful that God placed them in your life. And I intend to do the same—every day, not just once year!!