A Wife After God’s Own Heart

A Wife After God’s Own Heart – Elizabeth George

  1. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Mathew 6:33
    1. By God’s grace, our hearts were opened to the truth of Christ … and by God’s grace, we responded to that truth.
    2. A relationship with God IS the key, the key to all of life, including your marriage.
    3. God alone possesses the instruction book for your marriage, and He’s made it available to you. He knows what makes a marriage work.
    4. Put God first.
      • Discover through reading the Bible what God says about your life and how He wants you to live it. By reading and paying attention to the teachings in the Bible. By learning more about Him and His standards for righteousness.
      • Discern through studying the Bible the meaning and implications of what you are reading. Pray and seek to understand what God has said in the Bible.
      • Do through heartfelt obedience what you have read and learned, discovered and discerned. Put your knowledge into action.
    5. Tend your Growth
      • Spiritual growth results from discipline. The essential disciplines of prayer, Bible study, and worship equip us to run with vigor and stamina.
      • Spiritual growth results from self-denial. Without a goal, discipline is nothing but self-punishment. With the goal of pleasing God, our denial seems like nothing compared to the eternal, imperishable reward that will be ours.
    6. Reaping God’s Blessings
      • Your behavior changes. You will take on more of the character of Christ. You’ll become more Christlike as God’s Word and your walk of obedience work together to conform you to His image (Roman 8:29)
      • Your relationship with your husband changes. You’ll manifest more of a God’s love, peace, patience, kindness, and goodness. You’ll display more of a spirit of meekness and gentleness, not to mention greater self-control. Galatians 5:22-23
      • You are blessed. Peace of mind, hearing yourself speaking with wisdom and expressing comfort and encouragement.
    7. Little Things That Make a Big Difference
      1. Read your Bible every day
      2. Pray for your husband three times every day.
      3. Plan to go to church this week.
      4. Sign up for a Bible class or Bible study.
      5. Purchase or borrow a Christian book on any topic.
      6. Write a letter of commitment to God.
  2. Work as a Team
    1. Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. Ecclesiastes 4:9
    2. Fundamental laws for marriage
      • A husband is to lead in his marriage and family. Gen 3:16; Eph 5:22-24; Colossians 3:18. (It’s interesting to note that God did not tell husbands to lead – his communication was to wives letting them know they should follow the husband.)
      • A husband is to work and to provide for his wife. Gen 3:17, 19 All their lives men would have to work and labor and “sweat” so they and their families could eat and live. (Note that it doesn’t say wives can’t work, there were many women in the bible who worked, including the Proverbs 31 woman. But the husband is to be the main source of provision for the home.)
      • A husband is to love his wife. Eph 5:25, 28; Col 3:19; 1 Peter 3:7. Christian husbands are to show the same kind of love toward his wife as Christ showed to the church when He died for her. A husband is also to treat his wife with tender loving care, caring for her in the same meticulous way he cares for his own body. In addition, a husband is to be kind to his wife, being thoughtful and considerate of her needs as “the weaker sex” and watching out for bitterness and harshness.
      • A wife is to help her husband. Gen 2:18, 20.
      • A wife is to submit to her husband. Wives should adapt themselves to their husbands’ leadership and their way of leading.
      • A wife is to respect husband. Eph 5:33.
      • A wife is to love her husband. Titus 2:4. In other words, we are to be affectionate and treat our husbands in a loving manner – to cherish and enjoy our husbands as a best friend.

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