Friday, 20 April 2012

God Can't Mean That - Can He?

Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered (1 Pet 3:7).

Have you found that there are passages in Scripture that you either do not like to read and/or you assume those passages are not to be taken literally?  For example Matthew 5:30 says, “And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away.”  Surely God doesn’t really want us to cut off our hand but He is trying to make a point.  I would like to read 1Peter 3:7 assuming that this was another “overstatement” just to get my attention.  I would like to but I can’t.  God is relational and He is vitally concerned about relations.  What are the two great commandments?  Love God and love your neighbor.  Two commandments, both are relational.  In first Peter God is saying to me you need to really get to know Kathleen.  You need to honor her and love her as I have loved you, this is what I have commanded you to do.  Now if you are unwilling to obey me it is very possible that your prayers may fall on deaf ears.

Let me go out on a limb.  It is conceivable that you can have a good relationship with someone and no relationship with God.  However I believe it is somewhat inconceivable that you can have a good relationship with God and a bad relationship with other people.  The stronger the vertical connection between you and God the more likely your horizontal relationships, i.e. relationships between you and others, will be strong as well.

If as husbands, we are guilty of being inconsiderate, harsh, or dishonoring toward our wives, then we must repent of our disobedience to God, confess our sin to Him and to our wife, and learn to walk in obedience. God’s ears will again be opened to our prayers.

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