Words from the Heart for Tuesday October 3rd, 2017
A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.
Proverbs 12:4 (NIV)
Husbands and Wives
The Lord who made us really does know how to make our marriages and families filled with joy and peace. Often even common jokes are made that tear down the spouse. However, it’s refreshing to see couples really enjoy each other and compliment each other publicly. That encourages younger people to be the best marriage partner possible. Pray for couples you may know that need a new way of relating and talking to each other.
Back in August 2015 Paul Bradshaw and his American wife Jennifer Eckert went to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to visit her family. They had done this often during the ten years they had been married and living in Saint Lazare, Quebec. But this time, Jennifer was prevented from entering Canada. It turns out that she had never applied for landed immigrant status, and while Immigration Canada had allowed her entry into Canada previously, so she wouldn’t be separated from her 3 year old daughter, this time they said no.
There is a mystery to marriage. The Bible describes it by saying that the two become one. God’s plan for marriage is that it is to mirror the profound unity between a follower of Jesus and God. So when one part of a marriage does something or says something embarrassing or unethical or illegal, it affects the other in the marriage. We see this played out in the press regularly. When a well-known personality makes the news for some negative reason and his or her spouse stands with that person, it makes the news. This was the case in King Solomon’s day as well. In Proverbs 12:4 we read “A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.” While in this case, Solomon speaks of a wife, the principle is the same for the husband. How we act has an impact on our husband or wife. What a clarion call for each of us who are married, to live in such a way that that we bring honour to our spouse and not shame. And to our God, for that matter.
These have been words from the heart.