Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Acts Of The Will

"It is an act of the woman's will to treat him with a high degree of regard and awe.  Obedience, submission, and reverence are all acts of the will and not based on feelings...And, when it gets humanly ridiculous to obey that lousy man, and when he gives her every reason to not respect him, there is only one controlling factor left - God.  This woman is obeying and reverencing God, and no one else."  Debi Pearl

Tough words, but good words.  We must remember that we CAN do the right thing even when it is difficult.  The younger you are and more able to control your emotions and base your behavior on obeying God, instead of your feelings, the better your life will be for you and those around you.

"He rewards those who earnestly seek Him." 

I love this verse from Hebrews.  I remind myself of it all the time.  God gives us commands and wants us to obey them, because He knows our life will be much better when we do.  It is not our natural tendency to submit to and reverence our husbands.  They are far from perfect and if we listen to our feelings, we will never submit and reverence them. 

So I encourage you to stop following your feelings and start following God's instructions to us.  They make for a much better and peaceful life...and maybe, eventually, a heavenly marriage!

This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.  Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.  (Ephesians 5:32,33)