The two emotions spoken of in the verse could not be more diametrically opposed. Husbands are to cherish and honor their wives rather than acting cruelly, or hardhearted towards them. Being mean and abusive towards someone can act like a two-edged sword…for if you look up the Greek word for “being harsh”, it means to turn or make bitter. In other words, harshness will only embitter the person it’s directed towards.
The Lord never wanted wives to be spineless, broken-spirited, or even scared of their husbands. Submission has everything to do with a voluntary yielding of ourselves…in the same way as we yield ourselves daily to the Lord. Submission is not taken by force, but rather given freely in love.
When the Lord’s going to talk to me, I’d sure wish He’d use His huge thunderous voice….so I’d know, that I’d know, that I’d know, it was Him speaking and not just my own silly thoughts. But usually, what I hear is that quiet, still small voice, that I have to strain physically and spiritually to perceive. It’d sure be easier if He’d use a 2×4 up the side of my head to get my attention, rather than that soft whisper I too many times choose to ignore. It doesn’t matter though how the Lord speaks…it only truly matters what I choose do when He calls.
We all at one time lived in darkness… in sin and misery, not knowing the way out. But then there appeared a light…a shining illumination that dispelled the blackness from our minds and our souls and filled us with all goodness and righteousness from Him. Jesus Himself said,”…I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” You are a child of the Light…walk in that shining spiritual enlightenment today.
Our frail human bodies are not able to endure more than just an instant of God’s wrath…though it may feel like an eternity when we’re in the middle of His fray, it is but a moment. His anger may dissolve us for a night…but will not be held against us as a grudge in the morning. His anger will momentarily suspend our life as we know it… but only to turn and shower us with His tremendous grace and mercy at dawnbreak. The Lord God is good…His love endures forever.
If you’ve never seen the totally unbridled joy and excitement of a little child…then you’ve probably never attended a Birthday Party for a toddler! They practically wiggle with emotion, hardly able to contain it all. Remember when you first said “Yes” to the Lord…how intense your feelings were of love, devotion, and gratitude towards your Savior? Has that love grown cold? Today, say “Yes” once more, and rekindle that first love again.
The beggar at the Temple gate did not realize he had a divine appointment with the Disciples Peter and John as they headed to prayer that day. Crippled from birth, he had to be carried each day to the spot near the gate where he’d sit, begging for a few coins. So imagine his surprise, when Peter exclaimed,…”Friend, I don’t have any money, but what I do have is far beyond anything you could ever envision. What I have to give you is a new body…So by the power and authority of our Redeemer, Jesus,…Stand up and walk!” That beggar’s life was forever changed by the name of Jesus.
Amos came from humble country roots…he was tending sheep when the Lord appeared and said to him, “Go, prophesy to My people Israel.” (Amos 7:15) Amos had no great educational background, but yet the Book of Amos is a very skilled and beautiful literary writing. He grew up as a poor shepherd, yet God sent him to speak against the Rich and their sins against the needy. God will use anyone, at anytime, to do His Will…He just needs a willing vessel brave enough to step out in Faith.
This world is very adept at weighing us down with cares, guilt, and shame. We will never be pretty even, rich enough, or skinny enough by it’s standards…so we wonder why we feel so bad! Jesus said to Come to Him with all our cares, and concerns…Come to Him with all our failures and broken promises…For He will take them all, and in the process will allow us to see ourselves through His loving eyes, and His standards…His eternal standards.
This might be one of the most misquoted verses in the Bible. We usually hear it misquoted as…”Money” is the root of all evil. But money , in and of itself, is not bad…it’s when we either covet money or what it can buy that we’re drawn into evil. When our desire is towards material things rather than the Lord, we’re headed down that slippery slope of covetousness.