Words from the Heart for Thursday April 5th, 2018
In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.
I Peter 3:7 (NLT)
First in the garden and then in this New Testament scripture the Lord’s plan is for equal partners working together in a marriage. Spouses can learn how His ways really do satisfy. God’s creation works best when His master plan is followed. Pray for husbands and wives, fathers and mothers.
The Canadian Constitution of 1982 guarantees equal rights for all Canadians. The Constitution states: “Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age, or mental or physical disability.” Canadians guard this right carefully, and see it as foundational to the strength of our nation.
Far too often these days, we hear of the abuse of women, physically, emotionally and sexually. The MeToo movement is proving that abuse and harassment is far more prominent than ever imagined. When God created men and women, He did so with the idea that they would live together in harmony, helping each other thrive as human beings, flourishing as individuals and couples. I Peter 3:7 puts it clearly: “In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.” Men who are followers of Jesus Christ are called to treat women as equals. This is particularly so in a Christian marriage. A Christian man is called to understand his wife, and to honour her as a fellow believer. To not to do, Peter says, will hinder his prayers – in other words, it is sin, and God will not be pleased. We are called to honour each other in how we act and how we speak of each other. Brothers and sisters, how can you honour your spouse today?
These have been words from the heart.