The Psalm writer wrote: Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law. As we come before a Holy God and hear his word, may we have eyes open to the wonderful and fearful things from his law. May it move us to repent and seek forgiveness, fear disobedience, and live in light of the grace we have received. This is the word of God. It is eternally true and applicable for all of life.
Proverbs 10:11-21 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all transgressions. On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found, But a rod is for the back of him who lacks understanding. Wise men store up knowledge, But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand. The rich man’s wealth is his fortress, The ruin of the poor is their poverty. The wages of the righteous is life, The income of the wicked, punishment. He is on the path of life who heeds instruction, But he who ignores reproof goes astray. He who conceals hatred has lying lips, And he who spreads slander is a fool. When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise. The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver, The heart of the wicked is worth little. The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of understanding.
The family is the basic building block of empires. No civilization in history has come into being, or lasted very long, without a respect for the institution of marriage between man and woman. This union between man and woman is vital to fulfill God’s commands to mankind: “be fruitful and multiply and take dominion”. It was given to us as the means by which God’s Kingdom would go forth in the world, and serves as a picture of His plan of salvation for us: as Christ loves the church and gave His life for her, husbands ought also love their wives.
Hatred stirs up strife.
Hatred for our wives, and they for us, injects discord into the marriage relationship. Rather than bearing with one another's burdens, husbands forget that their wives are the weaker vessel, and wives fail to respect their husbands. Instead of a gentle and quiet spirit adorning the wife, there is contention, which makes for an unbearable home. Likewise the husband, led by feelings and emotions rather than the word of God, behaves like a tyrant, seeking his way, rather than what is best for wife and home. Strife and contention in a home will follow after a husband and wife who have hatred towards one another.
But love covers all transgressions.
Philippians 2:1-5 “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.”
Despite what our world is screaming right now, it’s not about you. It is about God’s glory, and He is most glorified is a marriage relationship that displays a clear picture of His Son’s relationship to the Church, His bride. Ladies, this means respecting your husbands and being subject to them, as the church is subject to Christ. Husbands, it means loving your wives as your own body, and treating them as precious, showing her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered. Selfishness, conceit, and a “me first” attitude has no place in a marriage. We are called to take up our cross daily, and follow after Him. This means having a face set like flint towards Zion, resolved to say “Not my will be done, but Yours O Lord”.
“Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
If you are able, let us kneel as we go boldly to the throne of Grace as we confess our sins to a Holy, Just God.
Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
We come before you this morning totally exposed before Your gaze.
Though we seek to hide behind our feigned worship, our works of self righteousness, and our hollow words of praise, We know that our iniquities are ever before You. Father, You love us, and gave Your Son that we might live. Yet far too often this truth falls upon an unfeeling heart.
Time and time again You display Your faithfulness towards us. And repeatedly, we turn instead to that which is passing away for comfort, joy, and peace. We say “God is love” and praise You with our mouths, and in the next breath curse our neighbors. Husbands despise the wives of their youth, and wives contend with their husbands, and bring You shame in doing so.
Father, we are weak. We believe ourselves able to stand on the day of testing, when trials come our way, circumstances weigh us down, and then we fall. Please be merciful towards us sinners. Please forgive us of our sins which we have sinned against You alone, and restore to us the joy of our salvation.
In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
(From the 12/8/19 liturgy of Sovereign King Church written by Aaron Sabie.)