So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; Ephesians 5:28
Body image is a hot topic these days. How you see yourself can reflect how you feel about others. If you don’t see value in you how can you possibly see value in others?
That’s what I think the passage above is really talking about. Sure it has spiritual ramifications but lets think of the “real world” applications too. If a man despises his wife how can he love others? If he can’t love someone who he swore to love in front of God and man how can he be trusted? His word is not valid nor truthful.
So husbands love your wife and give yourself to her as Christ gave Himself for the church. In doing so you will be a man
Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12
Have you ever fought well for something you didnt believe in? Probably not. You may fight for it but you don’t fight for it. For some of us that can be our fight with faith. After all you have to believe in what you are fighting for. And if you haven’t or won’t take hold of eternal life, that is if you won’t or haven’t taken hold of Christ, then you fight in vain. Now each of us has a choice to make, do we fight and claim eternal life as we did in front of people or was it all for show?
So what are you fighting for?
For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1 Timothy 6:10
Money. You need to have it. You want it. But at what cost? Look at what the text says that some by longing for it for so long wander away from faith. Should your desire to have money cause you to lose your soul?
Of course it shouldn’t. But we don’t think about it like that. We assume we have it under control. And we always end up in the same place, wondering how we ended up in such a bad way. This is why we need to trust in the Lord to provide all our needs. Money cannot replace God and His providence for our life. When we learn to lean on Him we begin to find that your love of money is not as strong and that it is a tool, one of many He has, that He can use to provide for His children.
Blessed is the man whom You chasten, O Lord, And whom You teach out of Your law; That You may grant him relief from the days of adversity, Until a pit is dug for the wicked. Psalms 94:12, 13
Here is the crazy thing….chastening requires that you are uncomfortable. After all no one runs around and says they want to be chastened let alone be chastened by God. But notice that the scripture says that he who is chastened by God is blessed. And why is he blessed? Because God grants him relief from his days of adversity. It doesn’t say that he won’t HAVE adversity in his life but that God will grant him relief.
I know this to be true. May He grant relief to you as well.
Luke 6:46 nasb “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?
My good buddy adam put this out on Facebook a few days ago. “God does not bless disobedience.” Yet it seems like that is what we ask Him to do. “God please bless this endeavor that is not according to your word…God please bless this food you commanded us not to eat.” On and on we go and it hearkens to this text today. Why do we call Him Lord and not do what He says? Its because we want to rule our own lives. We want God to conform to us instead of us conforming to Him. May He helps us! If we are going to call Him Lord, it means loving one another. It means living according to the Word of God. It means surrendering out lives wholly to Him. The we can truly call Him Lord.
but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Often times we as Christians wonder why we don’t have power. We see all these miracles in scripture and say well how come we don’t see that today? Well if we are being honest it is because we haven’t received the Holy Spirit who in turn provides the power to do these things. Think about it, the disciples waited together, prayed together, confessed their sins to each other for days and then received the power Jesus had promised. And you think we are going to be good just showing up every Sabbath for a couple of hours, singing some hymns and leaving? It just doesn’t work that way.
If we want power we have to be ready to receive it and we have to be ready to use it to be His witnesses in all the world. May He help us to be ready.
Romans 3:23,24 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;
ALL. That word should end any grandstanding from everyone who reads this passage. ALL. As in you. As in me. As in the mass murderer and enemy of the state. As in your praying mother and father. ALL have sinned. And its not just that we have sinned, we have ALSO fallen short of the glory of God.
That is why being justified is a gift by His grace. The redemption found in Christ Jesus is available to ALL. So its high time we get off the high horse and realize that we are all the same. That we all have need of salvation and that salvation is available in Christ Jesus.