“He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.” Psalm 18:19 (ESV)
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#361, 12th February 2019
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Relationships That
Really Work
 by Peter Wade. 

When wives take to themselves husbands, and when husbands take to themselves wives, they do it by a decision of their wills. Ignoring the fact that love is blind and all those sorts of things, you say, “I do”. And because you say “I do”, the Bible says to you, if you are a Christian woman, “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord (ESV)” (Ephesians 5:22).

The statement is repeated in verse 33 as “respect” your husbands. “Adapt yourselves to your husbands”, as J.B. Phillips translates it, and that is a good translation, because marriage takes quite a bit of adaptation. If you are fortunate enough to be married, you will already have noticed this.
I remember one preacher saying that marriage was like tying the tails of two cats together. They’ll fight and scratch and scream for a while, but given time, they will get their heads together. Isn’t that true about marriage?

Now I don’t know whether you’re at the scratching or screaming stage, or if you’ve gone beyond that, but nonetheless the teaching is very clear from God’s Word. Married couples have to learn to adapt. It is two people, two personalities, learning to adapt to one another.
Now, just so that we have no illusion about it, God gives this great illustration in verses 23-24, “For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.”
Christ is the head of the church, and the church respects its head. This same relationship is to be present in every marriage. God never tells us to do something that we cannot do. Has God ever told you to touch your ear with your elbow? So when God says to you it is possible to live in harmony in a marriage situation, then it is possible. What we have here in Ephesians are real instructions as to how to make it work.
Click here to finish reading "Relationships That Really Work" by Peter Wade. It's a great piece and covers the relationships that exist between Christians and family members.
Blogs for Your Valentine

Believer: God Cares for You by Peter Wade
A “care” is a matter that right now is a burden or concern to you, something you are anxious and worried about. It doesn’t matter whether the care is large or small, chronic or casual, your part is to cast it on God, “upon him,” and take your hands off it.

       He Delights in Me by Peter Wade

“He delights in me!” What powerful words! Just two words in the Hebrew, and we should repeat them every day! He delights in us and He wants us to delight in Him! 

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