1 Peter 3:7
According to a 2016 study, more British Columbians love their pets than their spouse. To quote the Global News website, "A new poll found that 54% of British Columbians admitted to having days when they loved their dogs more than their spouses. Guess a dog really is 'man's best friend."
While that sounds funny, it is actually very sad because it disagrees with Scripture. While it is cute, it flies directly in the face of the Word of God. Proverbs 18:22 says, "He who finds a wife finds a good thing" and Proverbs 19:14 says, "a prudent wife is from the Lord." Proverbs 12:4 says, "An excellent wife is the crown of her husband", and Genesis 2:18 says, "It is not good for man to be alone." In other words, marriage is good. It is better than any other earthly relationship; including that of dogs and cats and pets.
Which raises the question: Why is it so hard for us then? Why is marriage so difficult at times? Or, just as importantly, what are we supposed to do when it is difficult? How are we supposed to respond when it is hard? That is what we are studying on Sunday morning in the Book of First Peter. First Peter 3:1 says, "You wives, be submissive to your own husbands . . . so they may be won without a word . . ." and First 3:7 says, "You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way." In other words, love them even when it is hard. Stay with the marriage even when it is difficult. Do the right thing before the Lord and learn how to see the goodness of God in it. If you are struggling in your marriage right now, join us on Sunday at 9:15 to get some help. If it is difficult for you and doesn’t seem good, come to 46024 Riverside Drive to learn what the Word of God says you can do about it. Come learn how God is good in the midst of your struggle and how your marriage is still good even when it seems bad. - Jeremy Cagle