Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Monday Night Bible Study at Amanda's

Not only have I enjoyed getting out of the house every other Monday night to fellowship with other women, but I have really needed some direction in creating and keeping a stronger relationship with my husband, as this class is focusing on.

In addition to bible scriptures we are following the book:

Created to be his Help Meet

The last two sessions we have concentrated on submitting to our husbands. Now, that might seem to be contrary to what we consistently hear about women being more independent these days, but submitting actually creates a more pleasant relationship with not only our spouses, but our children as well, because it shows respect towards our husbands and our children follow suit. Also, women can lead their husbands into the wrong direction and cause wrong decisions, if we don't sit back and let the husband lead the way (as seen in Genesis with Eve). This does not mean we can't discuss something with our husbands, but we should leave the decision up to him. This isn't always easy for me, as I am quick to make decisions and like to hold the reigns.

I have to admit that I am not very good in this area and I have to really work on it. My husband will agree, I am a work in progress. This is not to say that a marriage is one-sided, but that a woman supports, respects and listens to her husband in order to create a pleasant atmosphere at home and in public. If the husband feels in anyway disrespected, it could cause an unpleasant tension. Plus, who wants their children to disrespect their father? Non that I could think of, but it could happen unintentionally if the wife doesn't show respect to her husband, as children learn from their parents' actions. To me this is very important. What man wants to come home to a wife and children who don't respect him? Think about it. Do you want your husband to go somewhere else for respect? It should be found first in the home. Respect keeps a marriage strong. Being submissive is being respectful.

Here are some of the scriptures we looked at over these past two sessions:

Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

James 1:5

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Ephesians 5:22-24

Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.

1 Timothy 2:11-15

Let a woman quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being quite deceived, fell into transgression. But women shall be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.

1 Corinthians 11:3

But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.

1 Peter 3:1-2

In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior.

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.