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Monday, March 17, 2008

Living in Peace with our Husbands

15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. 18Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. (Colossians 3:15-18)

DearHubby has been in the hospital since last Friday. It turns out that DearHubby is really sick and tomorrow we find out what caused his illness and what we can do to overcome it and prevent it.

DearHubby looked deathly ill when I took him to the Emergency Room and I truly thought that he was going through his last days. As I thought about the possibility of his passing, I also reflected back on the 8+ years we've been married. I was very sad that at least half that time, maybe more, we spent it arguing with one another and it was because I disagreed with DearHubby. It then dawned on me that one reason God commands wives to submit to their husbands is to have peace and harmony in the home.

As a practical way of living out a holy life, wives are commanded to submit to their husbands If a wife is contentious with her husband, how many years of marriage will be wasted in arguments? Rather, a wife ought to trust in God, His supplications, and His daily grace to submit and then ask, "How can I help my husband? How can I encourage him? How can I build him up? How can I help my husband become the man God is calling him to be?" When a wife submits to her husband, as is fitting in the Lord, she is living out the call to let the peace of Christ rule in her heart, and the time and relationship she has with her husband is savored and enjoyed rather than wasted and regretted.

(An additional thought to my original post about submission Priorities from DearHusband)

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