Monday, July 16, 2012
THE THREE PR's
This devotion is mainly geared for men but it won't hurt women to read it as well. The three PR's are 'Provide, Protect, and Pray'. These are the three main responsibilities for Christian husbands. The men of course are the breadwinner in the home even though the wife may work. Your responsibility is to provide for your family. 1 Timothy 5:8 says "Anyone who does not provide for his relatives and especially for his immediate family, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."
Next you are to watch over and protect your wife as she is the weaker vessel. Ladies I am not saying you can not take care of yourself, but make your man feel good and let him assume this God given role. Men this does not mean you lord over and boss your wife around and tell her what she can and cannot do because you are not her dad. The women's lib movement started to create men who did not want to lead or were afraid to because of domineering women. In an organization there has to be a final say after discussion usually made by a Company CEO or in the military the General or Admiral. Likewise in a family the man is the final authority. 1 Peter 3:17 says "Husbands in the same way, be considerate as you live with your wives,and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers." There is nothing shameful about letting a man be a man and to care for his wife. Enjoy it ladies! Men, married or single, open that car door.
Thirdly, prayer is probably the most important yet I am sure there are married men out there who forget to pray daily for their wives in their quiet time if they even bother to have time alone daily with God. Sure a husband and wife may say a standard prayer at meals but how many couples have a quiet time together and let the man be the spiritual head? It is something many women crave for yet do not get to partake in. If you are a lady reading this whose husband does nightly heartfelt prayer and a devotion with you be thankful. Men, if you don't what is stopping you? Ephesians 5:25-27 says to husbands "Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. To make her holy by cleansing her with the washing with water through the word.And to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or any other blemish, but holy and blameless."
Ladies if you have a good man but you don't think he is as spiritual as you are, you better zip your lip. Be a loving wife and not what Bible teacher Joyce Meyer refers to as 'Holy Spirit Junior'. It is not our job to change people. It is the Holy Spirit that brings conviction. Some Christian wives may be frustrated as they want this in their marriage but it has not happened. Don't nag just pray.
Men thinking of possibly marrying that girl of your dreams someday make sure Christ is truly first in your life and hers. I did not say make sure you both are members of a church. You can be in church and not love Jesus with all your heart. Christ should truly be in the center of a good marriage.
PRAYER: Lord I know it is important to really be sold out to you. Help me Lord to concern myself with growing closer to you and keep in an attitude of prayer. In Jesus name. Amen.
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