An article devoted to examining the singular aspect of the need and the wisdom of a husband “washing” his wife and family with God’s word. A major portion of this wisdom being the implementation of family devotional life. This being a part of the application of the wisdom of the great mystery which is spoken of by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians chapter five, namely: that the marriage relationship is illustrative of the relationship of Christ and the Church.
The Bathing Of Your Wife—Insights Into Nurturing And Cultivating Your Wife-An Article For Men
In the book of Ephesians chapter five the words of the Apostle Paul speak of a mystery that has been greatly hidden from the eyes of many up until this present time. He, in his life time, along with other early proclaimers of truth worked to make this mystery known in his generation and to teach men and women to walk in it. The reality of this mystery was very largely lost during the dark ages right up until the present time, but now the blanket of confusion that has gripped our generation is being pulled back and the truth revealed and taught as to how to effectively walk out the truths contained in this mystery. Namely, how that Christ and the Church are illustrated in the man-woman relationship, and most precisely in the husband-wife relationship. Let us in this writing focus on a single aspect of this mystery which is spoken of in these Bible verses. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: (Ephesians 5:25-28)
O’Man, Along With Yourself Bathe Your Wife
As the body needs to be bathed, so the souls of both men and women need to be bathed. The body is bathed in water, the soul of man needs to bathed in the Word of God. It is a naive Christian that denies the reality that one needs to often and continually go to the Word of God (The Scripture) and by the leading and conviction of the Holy Spirit allow it’s washing of his/her soul. I will refer to this process as devotions, but whatever you may call it, it is meant to include daily prayer and Bible reading, Bible meditation, and the fellowship of a godly church. Continuing devotions are needful if the Believer is to walk rightly in the Lord. This discipline must never be forsaken. Although the reality of continual devotions needs to be practiced by both man and woman, both sexes regardless of their age need to personally utilize the major components of devotion (Prayer, Scripture reading, Scripture memorization and meditation, and godly fellowship) on a continuing regular basis. However, the responsibility of the male head in the home (Husband or father) in the “washing of the souls” of himself and his family is superior to that of the other members of his family. In short he is to often, and by often I mean more than just sporadic attempts— also wisdom dictates it is even more than the practice of daily family devotions. The discipline of washing his family with God’s word is a thing that must be developed into a man’s character so that he is, so to speak, a “washer”. So that moment by moment, whatever the activity, whatever the goings on in the family, whatever the age level and various involvements of the family members he is there injecting Yehovah’s wisdom and heart. (God’s word, ministered by the Holy Spirit) Yes this must include very frequently bringing his family members, as well as himself before the Lord in prayer and to the Scripture, but it means more than that. It means that he must be there to speak into their lives and help them understand what the will of God is, and how to walk it out in their lives. For without this being done faithfully their chances of success in walking with God are very greatly diminished, and if neglected by him, (the male head) may lead to great, if not total loss in regards to his family members.