What Does The Bible Say About The Duties of a
The Christian Wife --
By Betty Miller
Words Destroy Marriages -- By Betty Miller
The Christian Wife
By Betty Miller
In Titus 2:3-5, women are given some instructions
regarding their husbands, children and homes. "The aged women likewise, that
they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine,
teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their
husbands, to love their children...that the word of God be not blasphemed."
One thing we notice about these verses is that the older women are instructed to teach the
younger women how to love their husbands. In our society we have the idea that when we
fall in love with a man, this love (emotion) will keep the marriage together. This is far
from the truth. Of course, emotional love is part of marriage, but the kind of love that
the Scripture is referring to here in these verses has to be taught and learned. It is
God's love as spoken of in 1 Corinthians 13. We might also call it
The first step in learning how to love a husband, or anyone else for
that matter, is to receive Christ into our hearts and let Him become our teacher. As we
love Him and He loves us, that love spills over to those around us. We learn how to love
others through reading, studying and applying God's Word to our hearts and our lives.
Those who are older and more experienced can share with the younger ladies in order that
they may be spared many heartaches by heeding their godly advice. Let us not think that we
have all the answers but truly be open to the advice of those who are older and wiser
whether they be in the church, or part of our family. Remember, the first commandment with
a promise is the one that says, "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy
days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee" (Exodus 20:12).
Even as small children, if we fail to obey our parents, our days can be
shortened. For example, if a parent tells his child not to play in the street and he
disobeys, he can be killed. God places elders as leaders and guides to help the younger
Christians to mature. We need a submissive spirit to be able to learn from others.
A necessary ingredient for a compatible union, in spite of the abuses
that occur when men are wrongly taught about their headship, is that women submit to their
husbands. What does God expect of women in this area? First of all, we must understand
that submission is an attitude and not just an action. Submission begins in the heart.
There is a story about a little boy that was instructed by his teacher to sit down and be
quiet. Because of his rebellious nature he did not want to do this, but was forced to by
his teacher. Later, the children in the class were chiding him by saying, "Boy, you
really sat down and shut up when the teacher approached you with the paddle." The
rebellious boy replied,"I may have been sitting down on the outside, but I was still
standing up on the inside."
Many times women who claim to be submissive are only outwardly going
through the motions of submission while inwardly they are still resenting their position
in life. A prayer of submission would be in order: "Father, help me to be content in
the role you created me for and give me a submissive spirit, not only toward my mate, but
also toward each member in the body of Christ. Let me serve and not expect to be served.
Create within me a lamb-like spirit even as Christ our Lord had. Amen." Of course, as
we have mentioned, there are limits to submission as it should always be "as unto the
Lord." We must first submit to God and then the problems involving submission to
others will be resolved by Him. Some results that can occur when women are not in a right
relationship with men are divorce, rebellious children, emotional problems and sexual
frigidity. (To read more on the proper submission to a husband click here: http://christunlimited.com/answers/asubmit.html
One of the main causes for these problems is an evil spiritual force of
female domination. In I Corinthians 11:3, Ephesians 5:22-25,
and Ephesians 6:1-3, the divine order for families is stated. The husband
is the head, then the wife is second in command, with the children in obedience to them.
When the woman seeks to usurp this authority and rule the home, havoc results and the home
is left wide open for Satanic attack. "As for my people, children are their
oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err,
and destroy the way of thy paths" (Isaiah 3:12). In our land today, children
are rebellious, causing strife in the homes, and women have become bossy and demanding. It
is no wonder homes are falling apart. This type of spirit in a woman is a "Jezebel
spirit." Just as Jezebel ruled her husband, King Ahab, in the Bible (I Kings
21:25), many women today are guilty of the same sin. This domineering and ruling
spirit is not just found in women alone for we see it in men, too, when they use
tyrannical means to rule their homes. The Lord would have our homes be examples of love,
and the authority should be exercised in love. When someone has a "Jezebel
spirit," it subtly manipulates the lives of everyone around him. Should we be guilty
of this domineering spirit, let us ask the Lord to deliver us and create within us a sweet
submissive spirit that is pleasing to the Lord. We will then be willing to listen to our
husbands, knowing that the logic God gave man is for the protection of the woman.
Man's logic and ideas, coupled with a woman's sensitivity, blend to aid
each other in making decisions. Learning to hear the voice of the Lord is one area where
both husband and wife can confirm to each other what the Spirit is saying as they each
seek the will of God on any given circumstance. The woman will usually have a certain
inclination about it, while the man will have a definite idea regarding the situation. The
ideal is, of course, for both husband and wife to walk totally submitted unto the Lord.
When this is not the case, the woman should not disregard her husband's advice, for the
Lord can and does speak through unsaved husbands. When the wife is submitted to the Lord,
the Lord will deal with her husband. Extreme submission where the wife never offers advice
to her husband, or is never allowed to think for herself, is out of balance as God did not
intend any human being to be another's "door mat." This is an example of that
domineering "Jezebel spirit." People under this kind of dominance need
deliverance, as do the ones imposing their domineering spirit. The Lord wants every area
and dimension of our lives to be balanced in Him.
CHRISTIAN DUTIES OF WIVES AND MOTHERS
Another area where Satan tries to push women to extremes is in keeping
household duties and spiritual pursuits in balance. Women who are unequally yoked are
especially vulnerable in this area. Perhaps you know women who serve their husbands
"tapes for breakfast," "Charismatic book reviews for lunch," and
"Praise-the-Lord's for dinner." If this is not done under the Holy Spirit's
unction and with His wisdom, it can turn husbands away from, not toward the Lord. A change
of diet might speak more loudly than incessant talking about Jesus. A neat house, nice
meals, and a genuine interest in the husband and his interests many times speaks louder
than all the tapes. To fulfill her household duties, a woman may have to give up some of
her "spiritual" activities. Three meetings a week really do not make us
Real love is giving up what we would like to do in order to make
another happy. We have all heard the old saying, "The way to a man's heart is through
his stomach." If a wife has claimed her husband's heart for Jesus, she might try
reaching it through his stomach, if all else has failed. Then, when he asks why the sudden
change, she can humbly say the Lord spoke to her about neglecting him and the home, and
that Jesus very much wants happy homes and happy husbands. He will be interested in
knowing a God like that. It works with rebellious kids, too, applied a little differently.
Many of our family members are really crying out for love through their very acts of
rebellion. Let's remember to spend time with them, as God gave us the home first.
Some wives neglect their husbands and homes by engaging in too many
spiritual pursuits. Of course, the opposite problem can also exist in our homes. Other
problems arise when wives are so neat and fastidious about their homes that so much time
is spent on cleaning and cooking that they neglect the much needed time of family worship
and fellowship. Houses then become a "shrine" to be admired, placing more
emphasis on the residence than the residents. Women can become "Marthas" instead
"Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a
certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had
a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was
cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my
sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered
and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But
one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away
from her" (Luke 10:38-42).
The Lord wants both areas balanced in our lives, so let us remember not
to be so "heavenly minded" that we are no "earthly good." And on the
other hand, let's not get so earthbound that we miss the beauty of the Spirit.
The woman has her primary responsibility in the home since the
Scripture says she is to be the keeper of the home. "To be discreet, chaste,
keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not
blasphemed" (Titus 2:5). Preparing meals for the family is one of her prime
duties. The world has set the standard when it comes to eating, rather than the Word of
God. Here is another area where we need to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit's guidance.
Besides seeing to it that each member receives spiritual food, the Lord is emphasizing to
His people that they need to make changes in their physical diets and receive the proper
natural foods. Most of God's people have experienced His healing hand in their bodies, but
one problem that seems to be prevalent is that after receiving healing, the devil comes to
rob them of God's gift of healing. If we exercise our faith and rebuke the enemy in the
name of Jesus, he will flee. If, however, you have done this and are still experiencing
illness, perhaps the problem is one of maintaining the gift God has given you. By this I
mean we must not only obey and keep spiritual laws, but also we must keep physical laws if
we expect to walk in God's blessings.
Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and many of our temples are
filled with trash and garbage. Yet we expect the Holy Spirit to abide there, too. As
women, we can be instrumental in ministering the proper food to our families. Instead of
eating according to the present mode, we need to eat according to God's Word. The Bible
has much to say about diet and eating. Of course, the extreme we should avoid here is to
become so "food-minded" that we allow cooking and diet to absorb too much of our
time. Obesity has become such a problem for so many people in the U.S.A. that we need to
seek God to control our appetites and help us in this all important area. The Lord wants
us to learn self-discipline and temperance in all things. In and of ourselves, we may not
be able to overcome our old eating habits, but through prayer, with the Lord's help, "I
can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Philippians 4:13).
Proverbs 31:10-31 gives us an excellent description of
an ideal wife and mother. Verse 28 says, "Her children arise
up, and call her blessed; her husband also and he praiseth her." As wives
and mothers we should examine our lives to see where we fall short and ask God to help us
be like the companion and mother spoken about in these verses. Do our children call us
blessed? What about our husbands? Are they praising us as wives? Perhaps our children are
rebellious at this time; maybe our husbands are far from the Christian ideal, and neither
is praising nor blessing us. Do we blame them and insist that the Lord change them, or do
we look at ourselves and ask the Lord to turn the searchlight upon our own faults and
failures so that He might work a change in us? Our number one problem is not our children,
our mates, our job, or our circumstances--it is ourselves. Until we are willing to change
ourselves, the Lord cannot begin the needed changes in our families.
How does God effect these changes in our lives? First of all, we must
be honest with God and face our shortcomings and sins. We must come confessing, "God,
I am resentful toward this person; I can't help it; I don't want to be like this; help me
change. Lord, help me to be the kind of wife and mother that will inspire my husband and
children to rise up and call me blessed. Amen." As we yield to the Lord and follow
His promptings, we shall surely see changes in our lives and in the lives of those we
We must begin by seeing the kind of woman we are. The woman in Proverbs
31:28, "Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth
her," or the one in Proverbs 21:19, "It is better to dwell in
the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman." I'm sure our
desire is that we fit into the category of the first type, for we certainly do not want to
be referred to as angry and contentious. But I wonder, if we honestly examined our hearts
and motives and let the Lord turn His searchlight on us, if we might not see some areas
where anger and contention do exist in our lives. Perhaps we do not openly voice our
anger, but inside we feel it toward our husbands or children; and because we do not voice
it, we have feelings of resentment toward them.
Jesus, in the New Testament, talked much about our thought life and our
inner feelings. Remember as he spoke to the religious leaders of His day, He reproved them
for their evil hearts even though their outward deeds appeared to be right and good. We
can outwardly do our duties as mothers and wives, but inside our hearts we may not really
be lovingly ministering to them. We may be motivated by duty, not love. None of us really
appreciate people doing things for us simply because it is their job. The real witness to
others is when we do something simply because we love them. A lot of Spirit-filled
Christians are eager to show the love of Jesus to everyone else, but those of their own
households often suffer from a lack of love. Let us certainly show the love of Jesus to
all we meet, but let's remember to show it in our homes first, asking the Lord to give us
the true Spirit of love in performing our daily chores."Lord, may we turn the daily
tasks into celebrations of love. Amen.''
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Words Destroy Marriages
By Betty Miller
1 Peter 3:7-12:
7 "Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to
knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs
together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be
pitiful, be courteous:
9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing
that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil,
and his lips that they speak no guile:
11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their
prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil."
One of the things that begin to erode a marriage away is when one spouse
begins to speak critically to and of the other one. The things we say to
and about the other one can either be uplifting and encouraging or they can bring
disharmony and hurt. Little critical words will lead to a dissatisfaction with one's
mate and can escalate to bring about a divorce. No person should threaten to divorce
the other just to get their way, or manipulate the other to do something they really don't
want to do. When any one threatens divorce this is like speaking words of murder to
Words can accumulate in the spirit and cause one to react lovingly or
hateful by what is spoken. The above verses warn each spouse not to return "railing
for railing" but "blessing for a railing." As kind words are returned
this stops the cycle of "railing for railing."
Proverbs 15:1 says, "A soft answer turneth
away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger."
We are admonished in the Bible to seek to do good and to seek peace, not
to stir up trouble because we want to air our anger and wrath. As Christians we are
to give our anger to Jesus and ask Him to remove it, and replace it with His love,
patience and forgiveness. We are not to take it out on someone else, especially our mates.
Some husbands can be very cruel criticizing their wives appearance.
If the wife is on the thin side or over-weight, the husband should pray to help her make
the necessary changes that will help her to be healthy, but never should he belittle her
appearance. This can damage their relationship, where it is difficult for her to reach out
and love him and receive love from him. (This, of course, applies to a woman
criticizing her husband about his appearance too.)
The Lord calls us to love our mates, as we would love a sister or brother
in the Lord and to be courteous. Many times, after people get married, they cease to be
courteous to one another and they are rude and unmannerly. These things start with
little things they quit doing to please the other and soon they grow into gross neglect.
We should be kind to one another and think about saying nice things that edify and
build our marriages instead of the hurtful words that tear them down. This "little
fox" of critical speech in little things can be the root cause that later destroys
Proverbs 18:21: "Death and life are in the power of the
tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD."
This article was taken from the Overcoming
Life Digest (Jan./Feb. 2000 Issue); click here to view Digest
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