Sunday, June 15, 2003

Edifier du Jour-1 Peter 3:7-9(NASB)
7 You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered. 8 To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; 9 not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.
This was the verse Pastor Phil bounced off of in his Father's Day sermon; looking at fatherhood as both being a good father but a good husband as well. The underlying theme was the need to fight for your kids, for the Devil wants them and we need to be warriors to fight that off. Not brutes that try to run the household by their own will, or wimps that duck the tough fights that need to be fought, but warriors willing to fight to expand God's kingdom within their household. That warrior isn't some spiritual Rambo, but a gentle warrior, being a blessing to his family. Verse nine strikes home, for it's hard to turn the other cheek when slighted or insulted by your wife and kids. Being a good father and husband requires being a servent-leader, looking after his family's needs before his own. Easier said than done.

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