"Take Time To Be Holy!"
Words of Encouragement: Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.
Beloved of the Father of mercies, it is easy to say, “I am a soul-winner,” but, the reality of being a soul-winner is not without difficulty. As there was a cross for Jesus to bear so is there a cross for every saint to bear. So indeed, in the likeness of Christ, we must present ourselves a living sacrifice for the salvation of others. Saints, it is not for us to shrink from the suffering of the cross, but it is for us to die daily for the glory of the Master. As I said, Saints, it is easy to say I am a soul-winner, but how will you respond if your spouse shrinks away from the faith? Indeed, for those of you who were already married before you came to Christ, how have you responded when your spouse did not (or still has not) followed suit? Now you see that it is not all that easy being a soul-winner. Satan will always be there to discourage your faith and joy in the pursuit of souls for the Master whether it be in circumstances like the ones named or in other discouraging circumstances. That being said, I would like to encourage every Christian spouse to show by their changed lives the redemptive love of our dear Savior. Whether your spouse is saved or lost, show the love of God. It may be by your godly lifestyle in Christ that you may win your spouse to Jesus. Yes, dealing with a spiritually unequal marriage is difficult, but through Christ you can do all things, my brothers and sisters.
Devotional reading for today: 1 Peter 3:1-7 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; 2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. 3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: 6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement. 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. (KJV)
Devotional reflection for this week: Does God want me to beat my spouse over the head with the scriptures because of their disobedience to the word? Is it God’s will for me to try to keep my marriage alive with external adornments instead of allowing His Spirit to be seen in me? Do mature sisters in Christ try to dominate their husbands? What should Christian women strive for in their marital relationships? Can a Christian husband force his wife to serve God? (Why not?)
Devotional prayer: Gracious Heavenly Father, help me to live the life I testify about in my home whether my spouse receives God’s word or not. Amen.
May Jesus bless you as you honestly think through the questions raised in the devotional reflection for this week.
Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.