Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly. Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.” Colossians 3:18-21 NLT
God has placed the family as the foundation of society. To distort or dismantle the institution of marriage and the family is to destroy the basis of society. Marriage and the family are under direct, intentional assault by Satan. Evil men are trying their best to redefine this sacred institution. Let me take a moment here to state very clearly, and without apology, that God Almighty is the Architect, Engineer, Contractor, and Builder of marriage and the family. We have no business trying to trifle with its sacred intent - God forbid!! How arrogant and rebellious can we get? We must not sit silent as the devil seeks to destroy the very foundation and fabric of society. Our marriages and families are worth fighting for. God has structured the order of authority like this: “But there is one thing I want you to know: The head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” 1 Corinthians 11:3 NLT Men - Stand up and be a man! Real men love Jesus and, therefore, love their wives. God expects you men to love your wife and treat her with dignity and thoughtfulness. “For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her” Ephesians 5:25 NLT “In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.” 1 Peter 3:7 NLT Women - Act like godly women! Love Jesus and love, respect, and honor your husband. “For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church.
So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”
Ephesians 5:22-23, 33 NLT Children - Obey and honor your father and mother. “Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.”
Ephesians 6:1-4 NLT If we will simply abide by these principles we will see strong, stable marriages and healthy, robust families. This will do more for the state of our society and nation than anything else we can do. Are we going to keep destroying our society or are we ready to see restoration? Only in Christ can we have marriages and families like God intended!
Rev. Curtis Norris