Wife to Husband Part 3

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Five Functions of a Faithful Family

The Rosenthals had an outstandingly happy and successful marriage, and Mr. Rosenthal was once asked to what he attributed this remarkable situation. “It’s simple,” he said. “Division of labor. My wife makes all the small, routine decisions. She decides what house we buy, where we go on vacation, whether the kids go to private schools, if I should change my job, and so on.” “And you?” “I make the big, fundamental decisions. I decide if the United States should declare war on China, if Congress should appropriate money for a manned expedition to Mars, and so on.” I think the secret to a happy marriage is anything but a man abdicating his responsibilities at home.  It is quite the opposite.  Being fully engaged at home is the answer to the problems most of us face in our marriages. Having established what Godly leadership in the home really means for men, Last week we started with Submission – or “Lovingly and willingly Yielding to an authority established by God.”  Far from being demeaning it is a tremendous offering of faith and faithfulness to the Father. In addition to Submission then, a wife faithful to God will…. Support Your Husband. Briefly I’d summarize that as affirming and strengthening his leadership.[1] If we […]

Husband to Wife part 3

This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series Five Functions of a Faithful Family

Men we come down now to the last portion of our duties to our wife.  To summarize the first two messages: as men it is our God given task and privilege to reflect His nature and character in our family by both Leading and Sacrificially Loving our wives.  This morning I want to give you two more main categories where we are taught specifically in Scripture how we are supposed to function in relationship with our wife. Live With Her With Respect & Honor. One of the first things to break down after the wedding is the congeniality with which you treated one another while you were dating.  This simply shouldn’t be the case.   Now that you have sealed your relationship with a vow – that is a time to move your relationship up a notch – not down. So the Scriptures give us a few clear guides addressed to us as  men that are simply meant to help us to treat our wives with respect. Don’t be bitter with her col. 3:19 “Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.” (Col 3:19, NIV) The idea of being harsh translates a word that’s elsewhere used to describe an upset stomach.  Men your wife is a beautiful treasure […]

Husband to Wife

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Five Functions of a Faithful Family

<Video Segment “The Perfects” is a nauseating spoof on the perfect family. (You can preview it here )) I don’t know what your view of perfect family life is like.  Some of you might like something like that clip, though I doubt it.  I’m tempted to do a survey this morning.  Kids how many of you did the dishes or at least cleared the table for mom?  And how many of you were so far ahead of schedule today that no-body was yelling at anyone else? It’s kind of a sad commentary isn’t it?  I’m not convinced that “The Perfects” reflect the true ideal family.  But it does highlight some misconceptions and get us into the mode of thinking about what a perfect family looks like. If we follow the trail established for us last week in which the Godhead is the MODEL for a faithful family we really ought to start this week with the Man of the house.  (Especially since this is father’s day. So if we follow the trail established for us: God the Father is the head of Christ and Christ is the head of the husband, so that is where we’ll begin: with the Husband and Father.  Of course that doesn’t mean that only the married […]