Today's Christian thought: Thursday January 8th, 2004

God, husbands, wives, patience.

I really wanted to do Matthew chapter four today, but instead, the Lord has impressed upon my heart the importance of doing another thought on the relationships of husband and wife. Lord, help me to get this right, amen.

Which of you out there, when he hits his finger with a hammer, slams it in a door, or gets a splinter, amputates that finger? Which of you when you get dust, dirt or even a piece of metal in your eye, goes to the 'doctor' at planned parenthood and says, "take this troublesome eye of mine out."?

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of Christ body, of Christ flesh, and of Christ bones. For this reason shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; And the wife see that she reverence her husband. (Ephesians 5:25-33)

In Ephesians 5:25-33, God is telling us, through the Apostle Paul, that a husbands relationship with his wife should parallel the relationship of Christ and us, His church, His bride. That, as Christ considers us to be part of Him, we are to consider our wife as part of our self.

Have you ever taken the time to ponder how patient the Lord is with us? Think about it, how patient has Jesus been with you? How often, each day, do you think you do something that upsets Him? Yet, how impatient do you find yourself with your wife and kids?

Do you see the Lord demanding perfection out of you? Does He not simply state that as long as you are Born Again, He will forgive you over and over again and take you the way you are? Yet, how often do you demand perfection from your wife and kids?

Has it ever occurred to you that God made women different then men? That He made them with what we often times think of as having 'strange personalities'? They take credit for what we do, they try to tell us how to do things that we do best and they have absolutely no knowledge of, just like we do with God, yet, we loose our tempers with them. Just think what would happen if every time we made a demand of God, He lost His temper with us.

Perhaps and example might help. I was a contractor for 20 years, my wife has yet to drive her first 20 penny nail, yet, after three hours of helping me build our new front porch, she has decided that she should tell me the next steps to take in it's construction. Kind of like me going to the Lord and saying, "Lord, end abortion." or "Lord, you need to deal with Governor Baldacci". Yet, while the Lord looks on me with love and understands my impatience and even my arrogance, I look at my wife as if she has a screw loose.

Guys I want you to think about this:

The Apostle Peter said to the Lord: "Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?" And Jesus looking at Peter said: "I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven."

Jesus told Peter to forgive his brother 490 times, what do you think the Lord's answer would have been if Peter, John, Matthew or you asked, "Lord how many times should I forgive my wife, Your baby sister? Seven times? Seven times seventy times? Every time?"

Men, God does everything with love, He teaches us patience with the personalities of our wives, because He knows that nothing can be more loving to you than part of your own body. And you are never more tolerant of faults than you are your own, and as part of your body, your wives faults are your faults.

So, the next time you are listening to your wife ramble on and you go to comment and she says "please, I'm talking". Just reach over ruffle her hair, smile and say, "sorry hon." And the next time you look up to heaven and say "Lord, you need to end abortion" or "God, bless America" or even "Lord, you need to deal with Governor Baldacci". Be real still and you will feel the Lord reach down ruffle your hair and say "All in good time My son, all in good time.".

Lord we thank You for our wives, we thank You Lord and ask that You help us understand just how important they are to You and to us. Help us to understand how much You must love us to entrust us with Your little sisters. Amen.

Pray for my friend Mac, pray for Rush and Michael Savage. While the Lord does not need the platforms and audiences that Rush and Michael have, they, Rush, Michael and their audiences need the Lord.

The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.

It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.

All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.

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