It is a blessing when there is peace and harmony in the relationships that we have in our life. However, no matter how close the relationship may be, conflicts will arise. Conflicts often occur between husbands and wives; parents and children; and members of the body of Christ. The important question for us as followers of Christ is how we handle conflicts when they disrupt our relationships. Thankfully, God has left us a pattern within His word on how to deal with conflict in our relationships and it is our goal to discuss it at this time.
When God created the first man he determined that it was not good for him to be alone. This man needed a companion, therefore, God created woman. After creating the woman, God commanded both the man and the woman to be fruitful and multiply. Thus, we have the beginning of the human race. God created us to have social interaction with one another. Through this interaction we form relationships. In His word, God gives us a blueprint for relationships.
There are some things a man simply must be before he is qualified to assume the role of a husband and father. Now this is not an exhaustive list by far, but there are four characteristics that a young man must possess in order to be suitable for a young woman. He must be a Christian, he must be committed to Biblical leadership, he must be a protector, and he must be a provider. A man who does not possess - or at least show signs of developing - these characteristics does not meet the basic job description laid down for husbands in the Bible.
It has been said that the woman is the heart of the home. Now if that is the case it raises a very important question for a young man to ask himself when looking for a wife. What kind of a heart do I want my home to have? This line of thinking will get a young man started down the right track, but it is our goal to introduce some additional thoughts from the Bible. As we do so we ask the question what should a young man look for in a young woman?
God has called His people to be separate from the world. Through His word we learn a different way of life, a different way of looking at things. We are to be a distinct people in the way we act and think. The process that we use to select a husband or wife is no different. In this area too, we are to be different from the world. Unfortunately, more than any other area, the Church is becoming indistinguishable from the world when it comes to the process of selecting a mate. If we continue to follow the same pattern as the world we will suffer the same consequences.
Husbands should seriously consider the picture they are painting for a watching world. In your relationship with your wife, are you portraying Christ's love and leadership to the Church? If you are not, God expects you to. In fulfilling his role withing the home, a husband is to reflect Christ in His relationship with the Church. This is a high calling! When a husband fails in his role, he fails to represent the Lord's love for the Church. He mars the image of Christ in a way which his wife cannot because he is Christ's authority in the home.
The Bible emphatically teaches that God ordained marriage. Marriage did not originate with man. It is not something that a group of people just thought up one day and decided would be good for society. Nor is it something that can evolve or change as man desires. Marriage was put in place by God in the beginning.
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