“God is not going to negotiate His Holiness… in order to accommodate us.” R C Sproul
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” Ephesians 5:25
Scripture tends to speak to us at the point of our weakness. If the weakness of the wife consists in her reluctance to submit to her husband, the husband’s weakness is his failure to love his wife. The word “love” can easily lead you astray in that most English dictionaries define “love” primarily in terms of the emotion, while the Bible uses it primarily in terms of the will. The Bible offers you no excuse for not loving. Thus you are commanded to love your enemies.
To help you grasp both the meaning and importance of this love, Paul illustrates your love for your wife with Christ’s love for His Church and your love for yourself. If you treat your wife like Christ treated His Church (He gave Himself for it), and like you treat your own body (you nourish and cherish it), you will not stray very far. Little by way of emotion is found in these illustrations. Rather, they are rooted in the will, in acts of thoughtful self-sacrifice.
Never deceive yourself into believing that you no longer love your wife, as though some mystical emotion has left you. If you no longer love her it is because you don’t want to love her, and understand that if you do not love your wife as Christ loves His Church, you are willfully disobedient to your Sovereign to whom you will one day give an account.
2 Samuel 23-24 Luke 19:1-27 (New King James Version)
David’s Last Words
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Mark 11:24 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Colossians 4:2 2Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful.
James 5:16 16Therefore 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.
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