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"Giving" In Home Relationships

"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."
I Peter 3.7    (The Bible)

July 2007

     Giving.
     The word indicates a willingness to reach out beyond ourselves. It speaks of thinking of others, and of possessing the spirit of unselfishness.
In a marriage relationship, and further in home life, this spirit is of utmost importance. Successful marriages can only be possible as both husband and wife express a willingness to live for the other in the true spirit of giving.
     The inspirational Bible verse above speaks of a certain "giving" that a husband is to do to his wife.
     Note what it says. "Giving honour unto the wife. . . ." This is a great and noble privilege for husbands to fill. And blessed indeed is the husband who understands how to "give honour" in a loving and unselfish manner.
     Married life involves commitment. Present day casual attitudes toward marriage commitments, and toward commitments in general, have resulted in many failed relationships, and many failed marriages.
     However, when a husband gives his wife "honour," he is telling her by his actions, that she is the most important person in his life. His commitment is toward her. And he will not show it only by words, but his actions will show his heart's desire.
     We believe that the Home is one of the great institutions which God has established for the good of society.
     Strong marriages will contribute to strong homes.
     This is truly God's will for mankind.

- Mervin Brubacher,
   Barwick, ON


Giving

God gives us joy that we may give;
He gives us joy that we may share;
Sometimes He gives us loads to lift
That we may learn to bear.

For life is gladder when we give,
And love is sweeter when we share,
And heavy loads rest lightly too
When we have learned to bear.

- Author unknown

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