Friday, May 23, 2008

Praise, Thankfulness, Submission??

Ephesians 5:19-24 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
We heard a pastor use this verse in a sermon and it took me a totally different direction than where the Pasot was going. But it was so good so I started to write some thoughts down.
The first part of the passage is speaking of praise, praise to the Lord
The second part of the passage is speaking of thankfullness.
The third and last part is speaking of submission.
What if we apply this to our lives as wives.
Praise will produce thanksgiving. If we tell others how great our husband is and make a covenant with ourselves never to tell things that we believe to be wrong with him. We will start to have a thankful heart towards him. How do we praise him, well I would start to write down all of the things that he does for us.
I have a friend who has so practised only looking at the negative that that is all that she can see. I will give you an example. She was sick and her husband was taking care of her (reason to praise him number 1). Well he did not have the kind of cough syrup that she liked so he went to the store to pick it up for her (reason to praise him number 2). He decided to get her flowers while at the store and picked up a rose for her (reason to praise him number 3). When he got home she wondered why he did not pick up a boquet rather than a single flower. He said he could not find them at the store. To prove her point she got up and went to the store, while sick, and found where they did sell the boquets and proved him wrong.
Do you really think that this husband will be getting her flowers any time soon?? I know I would not. I would be afraid of getting the wrong color or wrong kind, nothing would please her. It is her fault as she has made her negativity into an art form.
If she had rather searched out for reasons to praise him she would learn to be thankful. She could have praised him for going to the store to get her a different kind of cough syrup when they still had cough syrup at home, she could have praised him for taking care of her and the house when she was sick, and she could have praised him when he took the time to pick up a flower for her. By praising her husband to others she would be learning to be thankful for the things that he is doing for her.
Part 2 to follow.

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