Admittedly this post is intended as ricochet ministry. Described by a beloved Pastor (my paraphrase) as bouncing the message off my regular Readers (who highly likely have already embraced it and will) hopefully rebound it to others who might benefit.
The picture is copied from a public domain and is pictured here as the springboard for this essay. This picture does not tell the whole story though. Does it?
It does tell me the targeted man is only valued, and the wife deems herself only loved, when the husband conforms to all the wishes and dictates of the wife. It tells me the wife sees herself predominately as One to be served rather than a partner in service. This is heartbreaking for both of them.
The pictured message is the opposite of the Spirit of Scripture. It is a 180 in the wrong direction from the principles that make for a healthy, happy marriage. Biblical Principles when applied and treasured by BOTH will bring Life to life.
Marriages are BUILT, not by one, not by two but by Three – GOD and the two. This building happens when the two individually love GOD FIRST and Secondly, love their mate more than they love their own needs, ways and comforts.
Scripture does not give the option – I will if he will – someone has to start and the one who starts and does not give up reaps a harvest of plenty.
Such is rare in our world because marriages today are contracts made to be broken instead of covenants entered for keeping in JESUS name.
I know whereof I speak – I’ve had both! The contract for breaking and the Covenant for keeping and that means SOMETHING!
9 So let us not grow weary of doing what is good; for if we don’t give up, we will in due time reap the harvest. source
7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.
8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. source
End of Essay,
This is offered not as criticism but as a longing of my being to see and hear people with platforms and influence when speaking an invitation of Come to JESUS to consider making a change.
This: To acknowledge that just repeating a prayer will not save anyone.
Please begin by posing some questions.
Questions like: Is there a tugging in your soul?
Are you sensing something within you that you don’t fully understand but you know you are not right with GOD?
Are you convinced that you are a hell-deserving sinner?
Are you convinced that you need a Savior?
And do you see today that JESUS CHRIST is the only Savior?
The Only One who can take your guilt, your sin, and your shame away?
The Only One who can make you right with GOD?
Moreover that HE actually wants to save YOU?
If you can answer all these in the affirmative, you are ready to surrender to the LORDSHIP of JESUS.
You are ready to be saved.
Just Say YES.
HE WILL DO THE SAVING.
And when He does NEVER stop saying Thank You to Him.
10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
13 The sea gave up the dead in it; and Death and Sh’ol gave up the dead in them; and they were judged, each according to what he had done.
14 Then Death and Sh’ol were hurled into the lake of fire. This is the second death — the lake of fire.
15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the Book of Life was hurled into the lake of fire.
8 But as for the cowardly, the untrustworthy, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those involved with the occult and with drugs, idol-worshippers, and all liars — their destiny is the lake burning with fire and sulfur, the second death.”
If you are uncertain of your eternal destiny and you are concerned about that – that is GOOD NEWS!
Please hear me.
Please read these foregoing Scripture passages (or perhaps others) until you are ready to say YES to JESUS.
And when you say YES with an honest and thankful heart — welcome to The Family of GOD!!