Reclaiming the Family
“Through [skillful and godly] wisdom a house [a life, a home, a family] is built, And by understanding it is established [on a sound and good foundation], And by knowledge its rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches.”
PROVERBS 24:3-4 AMP
“It takes wisdom to have a good family, and it takes understanding to make it strong. It takes knowledge to fill a home with rare and beautiful treasures.”
Proverbs 24:3-4 NCV
This is our foundational scripture for our series RECLAIMING THE FAMILY.
Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding to build a Godly family.
“Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side.” ~ Zig Ziglar
This is kinda how our culture views marriage. A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.
Marriage to me is the most fulfilling relationship outside of God. God is the key to an Amazing Life. God created this relationship to bless and help humans do and succeed in this life. God said in His Word Two are better than one. They have a greater reward. God never intended for humans to do life alone.
God created Man & Woman to become one in Spirit. This is one of the most powerful relationships when done the way God created them to be.
“So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. And God blessed them [granting them certain authority] and said to them, 'Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subjugate it [putting it under your power]; and rule over (dominate) the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and every living thing that moves upon the earth.'”
God created this relationship of male and female. This is Gods formula. The world and culture have been trying to change this formula forever. This is the only formula that God Blessed. This creation and formula for marriage created by God is Blessed by God.
When you change the formulas for things you don’t get the original creation. God created male and female in His image and likeness of God. This relation when done Gods Way comes with Authority. This Authority only comes from God when you create this formula for marriage Gods Way.
“In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands [subordinate, not as inferior, but out of respect for the responsibilities entrusted to husbands and their accountability to God, and so partnering with them] so that even if some do not obey the word [of God], they may be won over [to Christ] without discussion by the godly lives of their wives,”
1 PETER 3:1-9. AMP
“when they see your modest and respectful behavior [together with your devotion and appreciation--love your husband, encourage him, and enjoy him as a blessing from God].
Your adornment must not be merely external--with interweaving and elaborate knotting of the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or [being superficially preoccupied with] dressing in expensive clothes; but let it be [the inner beauty of] the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, [one that is calm and self-controlled, not overanxious, but serene and spiritually mature] which is very precious in the sight of God.
For in this way in former times the holy women, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands and adapting themselves to them; just as Sarah obeyed Abraham [following him and having regard for him as head of their house], calling him lord. And you have become her daughters if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear [that is, being respectful toward your husband but not giving in to intimidation, nor allowing yourself to be led into sin, nor to be harmed].
In the same way, you husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way [with great gentleness and tact, and with an intelligent regard for the marriage relationship], as with someone physically weaker, since she is a woman. Show her honor and respect as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered or ineffective.
Finally, all of you be like-minded [united in spirit], sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted [courteous and compassionate toward each other as members of one household], and humble in spirit; and never return evil for evil or insult for insult [avoid scolding, berating, and any kind of abuse], but on the contrary, give a blessing [pray for one another’s well-being, contentment, and protection]; for you have been called for this very purpose, that you might inherit a blessing [from God that brings well-being, happiness, and protection].”
1 PETER 3:2-9 AMP