Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Powerful wife (part 2)

"In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;" -1 TIMOTHY 2:9

Does God really care about what women wear? We see very clearly from this verse that He does and probably a lot more then most of us think. Modesty is a huge topic but today I want to focus on that word "shamefacedness". God not only cares about what we're wearing on our body but He also cares about what we're wearing on our face.

shamefacedness- bashful; shy.

In the Greek it also gives the idea of being humble and showing it on your face. In the powerful wife part 1, I wrote on our verbal speech towards our husband. Now, I would like to touch on our nonverbal speech. It communicates just as much if not more than our verbal communication. Before I was married I babysat a lot. It always bothered me when a child would role their eyes at me after I would tell them to either do something or stop doing something. Why? Because it showed disrespect! They might obey me on the outside but in the inside they had a heart full of pride. This does not apply only to children. as we all have prideful hearts like that and that's why we need God's divine enablement through the working of the Holy Spirit! So, do another self examination. Have you done any of these lately...

  • rolled your eyes at him

  • stomped off after talking with him

  • glared at him (with the "I know your wrong" look)

  • closed the door louder then normal

Wives, we do this because like children, we know that he has the right to make the final decisions and tell us what to do/ not to do, but while we might "obey him", our pridful heart still wants to show him that we think he's wrong. Our husbands are not blind. They see right through us to the point that we still don't respect them by how we respond nonverbaly. So that being said, we can't fake it! Our hearts need to be humble, full of real love, and respect for our husbands. Confess any sin to God that hasn't been taken care of yet and ask God to give you a humble heart so that He can help you to love and respect your husband more each day. Remember, you have the power to help build up or help tear down your husband. Only a foolish women tears down the man that she vowed to love, honer and Cherish till death do us part. "Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands" (Prov. 14:1).

-A fellow growing wife,

Mrs. Bethany R. Hanson

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