Here is a chart of biblical responsibilities for husbands and wives. It is worth mentioning that the husband actually has more God-given responsibilities/commands than the wife. This is particularly notable to me because of how often I hear pastors focus solely on the wife's responsibilities.
I know more than one woman who was being physically abused and was sent back to her husband after seeking help at the church. This infuriates me. How dare we claim to be followers of God while sending women back to the person who may end up killing them! That's not what submission is about.
Nowhere in scripture is a husband given the right to completely disregard the interests and needs of his wife. In fact, that would be unloving. A husband is commanded to love.
Men should want their women to follow Christ’s command to grow in grace and knowledge. They should want their women to be strong. If you look at the women of scripture who were remembered, even the ones who were praised for submitting to their husbands, these were strong women. They were not weak, pitiful, ignorant women.
How you handle a disagreement tells a lot about who you are as a person, as a Christian. Do you attack the person who disagrees with you? Do you take low blows, by insulting the other person rather than actually trying to help the person spiritually? Are you more concerned about proving that you're right than being loving and kind?
Any hobby can become a stumbling block if we take our eyes of Christ and become wrapped up in our own flesh and this world. A hobby can also become a stumbling block when you are arrogant about it and look down on other people instead of doing everything for God’s glory
A sacrifice of praise is a praise to God that requires sacrifice on your part. It takes dying to yourself, your rights and your desires to praise God for things that seem to pain, upset, or even grieve you. It is demonstrated by Jesus’ selfless act on the cross. It is a sacrifice to praise God even though you can't understand what He's doing and why.
The fruits Jesus brings about in your life are not things you could accomplish on your own. They are supernatural! We can never be good on our own and even our best goodness is not good enough to save us and give us eternal life!
Before my illness, this completely baffled me. How could her family be stressful? We loved her. We supported her. We wanted to see her. But now... now, I understand.
Everyone deals with stress differently, and everyone has a limit to what they can handle. I, apparently, had reached mine. My brain froze. It was like when your computer freezes, and there's nothing to do but restart it. Continuing to push won't help. I couldn't plan. I couldn't make a decision. I couldn't think.