Monday, April 7, 2008

Food for Thought

For years and years, I have been a part of a Bible study that meets once a week with 3 or 4 of my closest friends.  For four weeks we are studying marriage.  Our verses to think about this week are:

Concerning our husbands...

Ephesians 5:33 "...let the wife see that she respects and reverences her husband--that she notices him, regards him, honors him, prefers him, venerates him and esteems him; and that she defers to him, praises him, and loves and admires him exceedingly."

Phillipians 2:1-5 "So by whatever (appeal to you there is in our mutual dwelling in Christ, by whatever) strenthening and consoling and encouraging (our relationship) in Him (affords), by whatever persuasive incentive there is in love, by whatever participation in the (Holy) Spirit (we share) and by whatever depth of affection and compassionate sympathy, fill up and complete my joy by living in harmony and being of the same mind and one in purpose, having the same love, being in full accord and of one harmonious mind and intention.  Do nothing from factional motives--through contentiousness, strife, selfishness or for unworthy ends--or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance.  Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself--thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves.  Let each of  you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not (merely) his own interests, but also each for the interests of others.  Let this same attitude and purpose and (humble) mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus. --Let Him be your example in humility--"  amplified version

Some things my wise friends said today:

"Keep our joy... it's the best weapon against Satan."

"Every time you die to your dissapointments, you become closer to Jesus."

"Let God go before you and fight your battles."

"Don't just give a generic apology.  Be specific in your apology."

"In offering an apology, am I just trying to be justified?  Be careful."

"Respect is a man's motherword.  Don't wait until we think they deserve it."

"Honor him."

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