I’ve caught a bit of a cold and thought I’d take a break by re-posting a series from about a year ago. It is loaned to me from a friend who first published it in a now out-of-print magazine. Hope you enjoy it.
A man is supposed to be a container for the essence of God. He is supposed to be beautiful in his calling to contain the Almighty. There is nothing sadder than an emotionally broken, bruised, wounded, torn, scarred, weak, limping man. It should break your heart and make you cry every time you hear of one.
It breaks Jesus’ heart.
Your husband’s childhood already did enough to hurt your man. It’s time to give him a break. For God’s sake, love him. Give him space to heal.
And take it easy on your sons.
Reason Number 1
He Is not Saved
I know, I know; we said he’s a Christian. He says he’s a Christian. Everybody, especially you, hopes he’s a Christian, but what IS a Christian?
Is it someone who claims to be a Christian?
The Word promises nothing to people who merely claim to be Christian.
All the promises of God are for those who admit sin, repent, are born again, love and obey God, love the brethren, have the Spirit of Christ Jesus in them, etc. If he is not walking by the Spirit, maybe he is not Spiritual, not born again.
Maybe, unknowingly, he is an impostor.
Solution #1 Pray him into the kingdom. Forgive him.
Stop expecting him to be able to achieve Godliness. Forgive him.
Be scrupulously careful about always submitting to him. Forgive him.
Love him for who he was meant to be. Forgive him.
Hurt with him in his lost misery. Forgive him.
Stop taking his actions so personally. Forgive him.
Beg God for grace in this time of need to minister unto him. Forgive him.
Smile more. Forgive him.
Cry out to God. Fast. Wait upon the Lord.
Be sure not to mistake occasional lapses for lostness. Most people sin. You sin. I sin.
Be sure you are more concerned with his soul than with your reputation. What will your friends think if you have an unsaved husband? Better ask what God will think if you never solicit prayer on your husband’s behalf! Make sure someone is praying for him (not for you/about him.) It will not dishonor him to tell the truth about his lost soul to sisters who are older and are true prayer warriors. Pray down the only help there is for the lost and undone.
Do not think about self in this problem. Pray constantly. Pray for him when you fold his socks, when you pack his lunch, when you wash out his bathtub. Face the truth with the joy that comes from knowing that half the work is done when we see what to do.
Have you always wished you could go to the mission field?
Maybe you are there.
Do not let your disappointment about your marriage cause you to treat your husband with any less respect or joy than you would give to the heathen in some far off country.
However you arrived in the situation within which you find yourself, remember: God saw and knew all the things you didn’t. Stop now, and re-assess your life and its meaning before God. Be kind to the provider that God has provided for you.
Never forget that your service to your husband is to be as unto the Lord. Strive to make him as happy and pleased as you can. Who else, but a wonderful Christian like you, can truly serve and comfort anyone, anyway? Serve. Be a comfort. Win him with kindness and forgiveness.
Be strong and courageous.
Do not fear.
God is with you.
*Image by mrhayata via Flickr