A few verses from the Sermon on the Mount, and how I think we can/should apply them to our marriages. (Quoted from the ESV)
Verse 5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
The word “meek” is not a particularly good explanation of what the Greek means here. Strong’s concordance explains it this way: “Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting.”
This is about God and us, not our marriages. However, God uses our marriages to “deal with us” and sometimes the “solution” to a problem is not found in the marriage, but in what God is using our marriage to teach us.
Verse 6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
Are you righteous and just in the way you treat your wife? If you hunger and thirst for righteousness, then you are all about being righteous in your most intimate of relationships. If you are not doing it at home, nothing you do outside the home matters to God.
Verse 7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
If you want mercy from God (and we certainly all need that), you need to be merciful to your wife. If you feel you are not receiving mercy in your life, start by looking at how well you are offering mercy to your bride.
A note on versions: Last week I quoted a scripture from the Message and a couple of folks expressed concern about this. I have mentioned before that I do not see the Message as a good choice for study, but that it can sometimes help look at scriptures in a new way, and that can be very beneficial. I would never build a case based on the Message.
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Great tweet of the week:
Busyness will rob your time with your mate. Prioritize your marriage or everything else will eventually paralyze it. @mrgwrks
Links to blog posts that stood out to me this last week:
Note: Due to a challenge from Justin and Megan at Do Not Disturb, a number of blogs this week did posts about “What we do in our marriage”. I have listed some of these, with “WE DO” in the description so you can seek them out or ignore them as you like,
Too Many Chores, Not Enough Help from Your Husband ◄ Look past the title and see the main point of this post – YOU ARE DOING TOO MUCH! “You have too many chores. They leave you no time for love. More importantly, they leave no room in your heart for love. ”
The Generous Wife
The Couch ◄ Is your marriage getting enough couch time?
First Words ◄ Your first words to each other matter – every day.
Growing in Your Bedroom Skills ◄ Grab your lab partner and learn!
My Man and Me: We Do … ◄ WE DO
Hot, Holy and Humorous
Intimacy in Marriage
One Flesh Marriage
You’re Not Getting Any! ◄ This is a great post, but I mention it here mostly to prove women are being challenged on this issue.
Never an Excuse, But Always A Reason ◄ A great post!
The Romantic Vineyard
Ever Had Mustgoes? ◄ Had ‘em, don’t want ‘em.