Reactions to the Knowledge of Christ in Actions
Tim Temple

Introduction

Our text today is Colossians, chapter 3, beginning with verse 18:

Colossians 3

18Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
19Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
20Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
21Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
22Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God;
23And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
24Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
25But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

Colossians 4

1Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

We will stop our reading there with the end of that first verse of the fourth chapter.

A poet, whose name has been lost in history, once wrote these words:

So he died for his faith, that is fine.

More than most of us do.

But say, can you add to that line

That he lived for it too.

In his death he bore witness at last

As a martyr to truth.

But did his life do the same in the past

From the days of his youth?

It's easy to die

Men have died for a wish or a whim

From bravado, or passion or pride

Was it harder for him?

But to live every day

To live out all the truth that he knew

While some friends met his conduct with doubt

And most of the world with contempt.

Was it thus that he plotted ahead never turning aside?

Then we will talk of the life that he led

Never mind how he died.

This poem is an expression of one of the truths that is really foundational to the teaching of the Word of God, and that is that how you live is much more important than the impression that you create in the minds of others. This is a foundational, Scriptural truth, I say, and it is repeated again and again in the Scripture. When instruction is given concerning attitudes and concerning actions and things that should be included in our lives, again and again we have an application passage saying that it should be lived out in the life. And many times that passage of application, that illustration of the truth that's given, has to do with living it out in the home and in the family with those who know you best.

We might even say, in the theme of the poem, it is easy to live for Christ in public. It's easy enough to live among those who really don't know you very well as a Christian . It's perhaps a little more difficult to live it out in your office where folks are a little more closely exposed to you. But if you can live for the Lord in your home, if you can be obedient to the Word of God and its principles among those who are closest to you, then you can be said to have inculcated the Word of God into your life. Again and again in the Scripture we find this stressed: Principles taught and lived out in the home, lived out on a daily basis, are much more important than the impression we create on the general public or than some very impressive kind of martyr death.

The passage that we come to today is one of those passages. Chapter 3 of Colossians has to do with the reactions that we should have to the knowledge of Christ that was given in great detail in chapters 1 and 2. Chapters 3 and 4 of Colossians form the application of the doctrinal truths of chapters 1 and 2. In chapter 3, as Paul begins to apply the truths that he has been talking about in those chapters, we have reactions to the knowledge of Christ in our attitudes in verses 1-4, reactions that should take place in our attitudes. Then in verses 5-17, we have some reactions that should take place in our actions. Then in verses 18-verse 1 of chapter 4, we have reactions that should take place in our associations, in those with whom we associate.

As we look at this third section of the chapter, we are going to notice that there are five associations mentioned here. Four of these are family relationships, and then we have one that is, at least in our society, in our culture, outside the family, but one that a general application indicates the principles are not just for family living, but for all of our relationships. We have the relationship of husband, wife, father, and then we have the relationship of servants, or in our culture, the employer/employee relationship, so the whole gamut of close associations is covered in the application of truth, the fact that the knowledge of Christ, knowing Who He is and what He is, “Christ in you the hope of glory,” should affect the way we live around those who are closest to us.

These things that we are going to discuss today, I'm sure, are familiar to almost all of us. I doubt that we will touch on any passages of Scripture today that the great majority of us have not heard before, but if that's the case I ask you to be careful that you not tune out this truth, because it is good for us to review. The Word of God reviews again and again. Subjects are brought up that have been touched on in some other portion of the Word, but God has intended that we learn line upon line and precept upon precept. And in God's providence, as we studied verse by verse through the book of Colossians, we have come today to this passage which God intends that we again think through. Today I want us to think about these associations, these relationships, that should be affected by the knowledge of Christ.

Wives' Responsibility to Husbands

The first area of associations that is mentioned is that of the wives in verse 18. Notice in Colossians, chapter 3, verse 18:

Colossians 3

18Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

Notice that this is a matter of the will. See how that verse is worded: “Submit yourselves unto your own husbands.” And then notice a very practical explanation of that in the last line of the verse, “as it is fit in the Lord” or “as is fitting.” In other words, it is only right that you as a wife make a conscious decision that with God's help, with God's strength, with Christ in you the hope of glory, you will submit to your husband. It is a conscious choice that you must make. It is something that is expected of you, but it is something that God has suggested, that God has instructed—in fact, that God has commanded.

In each of the associations that we want to think about, we want to notice some other passages of Scripture that touch on the same subject. In fact, in each of these associations, we have tried to draw together the references of the other places in the Word of God where similar instruction is given; and so we want to think about Ephesians, chapter 5, verse 22. In Ephesians, chapter 5, we are going to see some very similar instructions. In fact, we are going to notice as we go along that the last part of Ephesians, chapter 5 and the first part of Ephesians, chapter 6, are almost exactly parallel to Colossians, chapter 4. Notice in Ephesians, chapter 5, verse 22, this similar instruction:

Ephesians 5

22Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

Notice the very extreme similarity in these two verses. It is an act of the will. It is a command from God that a wife must decide whether she is going to obey or not. Then notice it is to be done “as unto the Lord,” the same idea that is expressed in Colossians, when we read that “it is fitting in the Lord.” It is something that is worthy of the Lord, or as Paul was to write to the Corinthians in another place, “It is your reasonable service.” That is the idea. It is only fitting that you submit to your husband. It is something that is to be done in the Lord.

The Point of Authority

There is another aspect, however, of this idea, as we look at Ephesians, chapter 5, and we read, “unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.” Those of us who are in a position to do some counseling hear from time to time a wife who says, “My husband is not worthy to be submitted to. He is not the kind of man that I can submit to. He is just not what he ought to be.” For such women, the Word of God says, “Submit to your husbands, as unto the Lord.” If you cannot do it for your husband's sake, then do it for the Lord's sake. That is the idea.

Another similarity that we need to notice about both of these verses is that in both cases the stress is upon submitting to your own husband. If you will notice in Colossians, chapter 3: “Submit yourselves unto your own husband.” In Ephesians, chapter 5, “Submit yourselves unto your own husband.” Someone might ask, “Well, what other husband should a wife submit herself to?” That is a very logical question, but at the same time we notice that the word occurs in both places. The stress is upon submission to your own husband.

Even though we may think that is a little silly, a very important and practical point needs to be kept in mind here. Many women, whether they recognize it or not—in fact in most cases it probably is subconscious—are really submitting themselves to someone other than their own husband. Think about this with me for a moment. Be very careful, Women, where your submission and your loyalties lie. Your husband can detect in a moment if your are submissive to your employer instead of to him. Something that is perhaps, oddly enough, even more common and it can be a spiritual wedge in your home, is if you are more loyal to your pastor or to the Sunday School teacher than you are to your own husband. Many times wives, striving to know the Lord better, striving to understand the Word of God more deeply, will give such attention to a pastor or to a teacher, either male or female, that the husband quickly perceives that that person is the authority figure in his wife's life. It is extremely difficult for a man to carry out the important functions that God gives him if he perceives that his wife is not submissive to him. That is why God stresses, “Submit yourselves to your own husband.” Be sure, Women, that your submissiveness is to your husband and not to anyone else.

This doesn't mean, of course, that if you are employed outside the home, you are excused from being a loyal employee. This does not mean that you need not listen carefully as the pastor teaches or as a Bible study is taught by male or female. It doesn't excuse you from any of these things, but it does mean that as wives you need to check very, very carefully about what your real point of authority is—not your point of instruction, but your point of authority. Where does your submission lie? This is a very, very important concept as it relates to the husband and his fulfilling the function that God has given him.

Submission In the Spirit

A third passage that deals with the wife is found in I Peter, chapter 3, verses 1-6:

I Peter 3

1Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; [notice again the specification] that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
2While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
3Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
4But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
5For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
6Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

These verses basically say the same thing as the other two that we have looked at in Ephesians and Colossians. You notice the parallel, the similarity there, but here the emphasis is on how to do what is commanded and instructed in Ephesians and Colossians. Here we have some practical suggestions about submitting to your husband. If you are thinking as you read through I Peter, chapter 3, you'll recognize that what we have here is the reverse of all human logic about the subject.

Notice that according to verse 1 this submission is to be characterized by silence on the part of the wife. That doesn't mean that she can't ever say anything. Certainly one of the good things about a marriage is the communication between a husband and wife. When it says that wives are to submit without a word that the husbands may be won by the conversation, the manner of life, the lifestyle of the wife, what it is saying is that your husband will never be what he ought to be spiritually or any other way if you are constantly nagging at him and preaching to him. The submissive wife is the wife who submits her needs to the Lord, who commits her husbands needs to the Lord, and whose submission is characterized by silence in terms of instructions to her husband.

Then in verse 3 you will notice that this submission is to be done with an emphasis on the spirit rather than the appearance. Notice in verse 3, “whose adorning”—that is, the wife's adorning—“not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold and putting on of apparel.” Of course, this verse doesn't mean that appearance is not important or that a wife should not give any emphasis to appearance. It is not saying that; otherwise, if you read the verse that literally, we would have to say that it is saying that she should not wear any clothes at all. But what it is saying is that that should not be the focal point. The plaiting of the hair and the wearing of gold and the putting on of apparel are not the focal points of her life. Obviously, she gives some thought to that. Obviously, those things are of some importance in her life, but that's not the focal point. That is not that which her life revolves around.

Instead, we read in verse 4, “let it be the hidden man of the heart, and that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit.” If we had the time today to study the word meek and the word quiet , we would find that this does not mean that a godly wife is to be a mousy little thing who whimpers around all the time and is never able to enjoy a joke and is never able to participate with her husband in things. It is not a matter of being a little milk-toast ninny, but it is a matter of an emphasis on the spirit side of things. Do you notice how I said that?

Importance of Attitude

Another mistake that we make, oddly enough, is thinking that this verse is stressing only the spiritual side of things. It is very obvious that Peter is writing about an emphasis on spiritual things on the part of the wife, but notice that the word refers to the spirit—the meek and quiet spirit—which includes spiritual things. It is really broader than that. It includes her whole attitude, her whole demeanor. What it is saying is that the wife needs to put her stress not primarily on her appearance, but instead on being a friend to her husband, being one to whom he can talk, being one who understands his needs and his problems, being one who is willing to listen to his needs and to his problems, one who is willing to talk to him, one who is willing to enjoy life with him. Certainly that includes the spiritual; that includes a committment to the Lord. In fact, a wife will never be able to carry on the important functions that she has as a submissive wife if she doesn't walk with the Lord day by day.

But this verse is talking about much broader things than that. We can look around us and we can see couples whose marriages are not what they should be. In some cases marriages break up and the husband perhaps finds a new woman to take up with. Sometimes—surely not in every case—as we have observed that, we have wondered about that because we have noticed that his wife is really much more attractive physically than the woman he took up with, and we are making the mistake that some are being warned against in this passage. You see, the emphasis is not on appearance. There are beautiful women whose husbands have not treated them properly—not because of their beauty, but because they have not been, from the standpoint of the spirit, what they could have been. Women, if you want to be the kind of wife you need to be, your emphasis is not to be primarily on the physical, but your emphasis is to be on the spiritual, including the human spirit and certainly undergirded and founded upon, based upon, the spiritual aspects from a godly standpoint.

Fear of Submission

Finally, verse 6 of I Peter, chapter 3, points out another problem in submission, and that is that many women are not submissive simply because they're afraid to be submissive. Notice:

I Peter 3

6…whose daughters ye are, [speaking of Sara] as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

Do you identify with that? I know that you women are being very careful not to look like you identify with anything I am saying because with your husband sitting right there, it might give him a clue. You know, there are many women whose idea is, “Why, if I submitted to him, everything would fall apart. Somebody has got to wear the pants in this family, and he's not doing it, so I've got to.” Do you know what? You are one of those who are afraid to submit to their husband. This is God's plan. This isn't your husband's plan. This isn't my plan. It isn't a Bible church plan. It is God's instructions to submit to your husband. Don't be afraid to obey God.

Husbands' Responsibility to Wives

Going back to Colossians, chapter 3, notice that the next area of associations is that of husbands, in verse 19. Really, we should not discuss the wife's responsibility without looking very carefully at the husband's responsibility because without the husband's fulfilling his function properly, it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible for the wife to do what she needs to do. For some reason the Scripture always specifies the wife first. I puzzled over that for a long time, because as I studied the Scripture I could see that it is nearly impossible for a wife to fulfill her function without the husband's properly fulfilling his. I have wondered why God doesn't put the instructions to the husband first, because, as we study the Scripture you will see, God really holds the husband responsible for a marriage. We can say, on the basis of the Word of God, that if a marriage isn't what it ought to be, if it is traced far enough back to it's roots, the husband is responsible for that.

We may see that the wife is the one who breaks up the marriage, that by the time the tip of the iceberg breaks the surface, it is the wife who seems to be in the wrong; but if we traced that far enough to its base, I say, we will find that the husband is somewhere back down the line failing to do what God has told him to do. It doesn't mean that the wife doesn't bear her responsibility, too, but the Word of God indicates that if a man will be what he ought to be, he will have the kind of marriage that he wants to have. That is the Word of God.

We might wonder why God does not first include the husband? I think it's because—the Scripture doesn't say this anywhere but I have concluded this—the husband's responsibility is so staggering that probably if God were to state the husband's responsibility first, we would get no farther than that. It makes it a little easier on the husband, before he's faced with the staggering responsibilities that he is given, to see that his wife has some responsibilities too. I think that is why God probably did it that way. Women tend to be a little more able to take bad news or difficult news. Submission is not bad news, but it is difficult news. Some of you may think it is bad news. It is a little easier for a wife to face a difficult instruction than it is for a husband. Husbands, do not think that just because a wife's instructions come first, that that is all God has to say about marriage.

Husbands to Love Their Wives

Going back to Colossians, chapter 3, verse 19, notice this little instruction that is full of meaning:

Colossians 3

19Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

A husband who does not love his wife in the proper way will never have the kind of marriage that he could have otherwise, even if the wife submits to him. Now listen carefully, and think carefully with me about that for a moment. The wife is instructed to submit to the husband, whether he is the kind of man he ought to be or not. Back in I Peter, chapter 3, verse 1, we read:

I Peter 3

1Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

Wives are to submit to their husbands regardless. What I am saying is that if a husband does not know what his responsibilities are and does not fulfill his responsibilities, even if his wife is obedient to the Word and submitting to him, his marriage will still not be what it could be if he were fulfilling his responsibilities. That marriage will never be all that God intended it to be, even if the wife is obedient. And that marriage will never be free of the problems that could be eliminated if the husband were willing to obey the Word of God.

Christ's Example of Love

This verse in Colossians, chapter 3, is typical of the information that is given in the other verses, but let's look at the other passages that deal with the husband's responsibility, and we'll see how this is to be done. Turn to Ephesians, chapter 5, beginning with verse 25:

Ephesians 5

25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27That 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.
28So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

Before we look at the instructions that we find in these verses, it would be good to look at the promises that are woven into these verses. First, notice verse 27:

Ephesians 5

27That [the Lord Jesus Christ gave himself for the church 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.

You see, there is a promise implied in that statement. Husbands are told in verse 25 to love their wives as Jesus Christ loved the Church. By the Church we mean all believers, regardless of what building they meet in, those who have trusted Jesus Christ as Savior, whether they are Presbyterians or Methodists or whatever else they might be, if they have trusted Jesus Christ as personal Savior, they are part of the Church, the Body of Christ. It is not a reference to any particular group. Christ loved those for whom He died. Christ continues to love those for whom He died in the proper way. The basic purpose in that, we're told in verse 27, is to present to Himself a glorious Church. In other words, we might paraphrase verse 27 like this: “That He might present to Himself the kind of Church that He wants to have, the kind of Church that glorifies Him, the kind of Church that is unspotted with sin, the kind of Church that is unblemished with worldly wisdom.” Christ died that He might present to Himself a glorious Church.

The implication of that verse coming in a passage that instructs husbands is that if you will love your wife properly, you will be able to present to yourself the kind of wife that you can love the most. From time to time in marital counseling, a husband will say to me, “You know, she is just not what I thought she was when I married her,” or “She is not what she was when I married her. She has become something different. She is not what I want any more.” When it is convenient, as soon as I can get him to listen to me, I turn with him to Ephesians, chapter 5, and I say, “Do you know whose fault that is? Look at this. If you will love your wife as Christ loved the Church, you will be able to present to yourself the kind of wife you ought to have.”

Again and again we hear of marriages breaking up because the husband finds someone who is more nearly what he wants, someone who is more nearly what he thought a wife ought to be. That's a shame because God has designed it so that if you will simply do what God intends you to do, you can have the kind of wife you most long for. The responsibility, husbands, is yours, just as the responsibility for our salvation and for our sanctification rests upon the Lord Jesus Christ.

Be Willing to Sacrifice

So, how does one love his wife properly? “Husbands love your wives as Christ also loved the Church.” Well, verse 25, gives us the first part of the answer. There we read:

Ephesians 5

25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, [notice this phrase] and gave himself for it;

How do you love your wife properly? Christ loved the Church by giving Himself for the Church. Our immediate impression of that verse would be that this means that a husband should be willing to die for his wife because Christ died for the Church. So that must be what this means, that a husband should be willing to die for his wife. The meaning is much deeper than that. You know, really, most men would be willing to die for their wives, particularly if anyone was watching. Even poor husbands, if it really came down to it, would probably die for their wives, and yet they have poor marriages, they are not satisfied. So it must mean more than that. The truth is given to us in Philippians, chapter 2, verses 5-11. We do not have time to read all of these verses, but notice quickly the picture that is presented there. In verse 6, we are told that Jesus Christ was completely qualified to remain in Heaven as God. “He was in the form of God, but He thought it not robbery to be equal with God.” But in verse 7 we read that He was perfectly willing to give up that right and make the ultimate sacrifice to meet the needs of fallen human beings.

So when we read in Ephesians that we are to love our wives as Christ loved the Church, what we are reading is that we need to be willing to make whatever sacrifice is necessary, even the sacrifice of our rights, to meet the needs of our wives. You see, Christ's real sacrifice was not just that He died physically. Christ's real sacrifice was not just that He bore our sins, but the essence of that sacrifice was made long before that. The essence of that sacrifice was that He became willing to make the sacrifice. The sacrifice is what's important, but He would never have made the sacrifice if He had not first decided, “I will do it, even though I have to give up my rights to be present in Heaven as God in order to do it.”

How many times have you heard a husband say, whether it is your husband or someone else's, “She has no right to expect me to do that. She has no right to ask me to do that.”? Well, my friend, if you talk that way, as strange as it may seem, I tell you on the basis of the Word of God that you are not loving your wives as Christ loved the Church. A husband, to love his wife properly, must be willing to sacrifice even his rights if necessary to meet the needs of his wife.

Actions According to Knowledge

Before you completely shut me out on that basis, there is a very important parallel passage in I Peter, chapter 3. You see that the passages which deal with marriage are basically these three: Colossians, Ephesians, and I Peter. Notice I Peter, chapter 3, verse 7.

I Peter 3

7Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

If a man is willing to go even to the point of sacrifice of his rights to meet the needs of his wife, what is to keep him from just becoming a doormat? Often men will say that in response to the fact that we are to love our wives as Christ loved the Church. “If I do that, she will just run all over me.” The Holy Spirit anticipated that that might be a problem, and so He inspired Peter to write this verse:

I Peter 3

7Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge…

The key word in answering that question is the word knowledge in this verse. The word knowledge is a translation of the Greek word epignosis , which basically means, “knowledge gained by study.” There is another word in the Greek which means “knowledge gained by experience.” But this is the word that talks about “knowledge gained by study,” so that what this verse is saying is that a man should make a study of his wife. You wives might not like to hear that. You husbands might not like to hear that, but the Scriptures tell us that a husband should make a study of his wife.

When I am doing pre-marital counseling with couples, I have a list of about a hundred questions that I ask the man to research and answer about his fiancee that will hopefully stimulate his thinking that he might know his wife. I can't tell him what he needs to know to know his fiancee because I don't know her. I am not required to know her; he is. But I give him some questions that will stimulate his thinking along these lines. For example: Do you know what your wife's favorite color is? Do you know what her favorite perfume is, what her favorite place is? Those are very rudimentary things. Do you know what her definition of a lot of money is? Do you know what her definition of a big house is, or a small house? You see there are a lot of things that we take for granted about our wives. But in the pressure of marital counseling I have learned that there are many things that men do not know about their wives that they should know about their wives. I am only scratching on the surface on the kinds of things that are involved in making a study of your wives.

Results of Obedience

If you are obedient to the Word of God and you make a study of your wife, then you are going to be able to know what her needs are. And some of those needs are needs that she should not have, but at least you will know that, and you will be able to help her over those needs. Some of those needs are needs that you don't have, but you will be aware of that, and you will know to be on the alert for those. Some of those are very, very legitimate needs that you must be willing to do whatever is necessary to meet, but you'll never even be able to start as a husband until you know what those needs are, until you make a study of your wife.

You are going to find, as you make a study of your wife—some of you know this already to some extent—that your wife not only has needs, but she also has many strengths that will make you much better able to do that which God has called you to do. The tragedy is that many men are not even aware of the strengths that their wives have. They're not even beginning to make use of the strengths that God has given to them through their wives. So the Word of God says, “Make a study of your wife, and live with her on the basis of that knowledge, and then you will be able to love her as Christ loved the Church.”

A Warning Against Bitterness

One more thing about the statement in Colossians, chapter 3, verse 19. It is worded in an interesting way:

Colossians 3

19Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

“Love your wives and be not bitter against them.” You know and I know that there are many bitter husbands walking around today. I'm sure there are some bitter husbands sitting in this room today. You just don't understand why your wife is like she is. And yet, God says, “Be not bitter against them.” You know, there may be many surface reasons for your bitterness, but on the authority of the Word of God, I will say that if you will love your wife as Christ loved the Church, if you will make a study of your wife, her needs, her hopes, her dreams, if you will make a study of your wife and be willing to go to the point of self-sacrifice to meet the needs of your wife, you will not be among those who are bitter husbands. Men are bitter because they do not know their wives. They don't understand them well enough to know what their needs are, or they don't love them properly enough to meet those needs, and that boils down to just not being obedient to the Word of God.

We have enough problems in life without being bitter toward our wives. We have enough problems in our families, we have enough problems in our culture today, without believers being bitter against their wives. God says, “Love your wives.” We could paraphrase that verse to say, “If you will love your wife properly, you will not be bitter against her.”

Conclusion

The marriage relationship is basic to society. As our society seems to disintegrate, as time goes by and as the end of the age approaches, we are going to see more and more of that. Those of us who are believers in Jesus Christ have the opportunity to hold the fabric of society together. Marriage is basic to society. It is being undermined on every side. But the Word of God gives us—those who are willing to be obedient to the Word of God—the opportunity, the instruction for holding it together, for honoring Jesus Christ in that way, and for bringing to ourselves great happiness and fulfillment. God help us to be obedient husbands and wives.


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