|“Solomon says that this life is the seedtime for eternity. No one escapes the “grim reaper.” Mortality is 100 percent. God brings grief into your life to sober and prepare you, not to discourage you. God sees “the end from the beginning,” and He invites you to the house of mourning so that you can do the same thing.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26
Jesus cautions those who desire to follow Him that they must hate their families. Paul, writing to the Ephesians, says, “Husbands, love your wives.” 12 How can a disciple obey both Jesus and Paul? How do you hate and love your wife?
Jesus calls you to an exclusive relationship with Him. He will countenance no competition; your allegiance to Him must be total. Your devotion to Him must be so thorough that the love you have for any and all attachments in life by comparison is like the contrast between love and hate.
Your loving and hating your wife brings to the marriage relation both its sanctity and security. It gives sanctity, for God instituted the union of husband and wife in the bonds of marriage, and by loving her you become one in a sacred covenant that includes God. It gives security, for when you hate your spouse, she knows that your commitment to her flows out of your relationship and allegiance to God.
Work, ministry, and family obligations mean wives and husbands are frequently separated. The fact that your spouse knows that you love and hate her gives her security when you are apart. For although she does not know what you are doing, God does, and if you violate the sanctity of the marriage bond, you have hell to pay.
Obeying Jesus’ command to hate your family is the greatest service you can render them. Their understanding that your allegiance to Jesus Christ is total and exclusive will give them a sense of wellbeing and security in a way that love alone cannot.
12 Ephesians 5:25
Genesis 18-19 Matthew 6:1-18 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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