Daily Devotional for March 20
God's Wisdom for Daily Living
Devotional ScriptureProverbs 12:4(KJV):
4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
4 A virtuous and worthy wife -- earnest and strong in character -- is a crowning joy to her husband, but she who makes ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
Thought for the Day
A wife of good character brings honor to her husband, while an ungodly woman brings him trouble. Because a man and woman become one in marriage, an ungodly woman undermines a man's well-being in the way a bone disease would undermine his health. The expression, "rottenness in his bones" simply means that he suffers with a lot of pain.
The creation account reveals that God made Adam from the dust of the ground.16 He later put him in a deep sleep and removed a rib, from which He made Eve. Adam recognized Eve as being literally "bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh." Scripture uses the phrase "one flesh" for the first time to express the union of man and woman in marriage in Genesis 2:23-24: "And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." Paul also uses the phrase "one flesh" in Ephesians 5:28-31 in speaking of a man and woman joined together in marriage: "So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh."
If one partner acts dishonorably, it brings shame to both. If honor comes to one, both receive honor. If one suffers in illness, both suffer: one physically, one emotionally. Christian marriages should reflect God's love; the husband should lay down his life for his wife as Jesus laid down His life for the Church. The wife should honor her husband as the Church honors and respects Christ as her Head. The woman is the glory of the man (1 Corinthians 11:7); she reflects her husband's qualities. When she is loved and cared for by her husband, it shows in her life.
Husbands or wives who say negative things about their mates hurt themselves, for they attack their own flesh. Many marriages have an unstable foundation because the couple selfishly looks for what their mate can give them, rather than for ways to give to their mate. Those who treat their partners as their personal servants or attempt to control and dominate them, disobey the command to love one's spouse. Spouses should build each other up by honoring and preferring each other. Those who sow selflessness, respect, and thoughtfulness in their marriages will reap blessings. There is no lack of love in a marriage in which the individuals serve each other.
Prayer Devotional for the DayFather, thank you for my wonderful mate. Help me to be the kind of person who will always bring honor to my mate and to You. Help me to guard my mouth and speak edifying things. Forgive me, as sometimes in my frustration with my problems, I air them in the wrong way. I know my mate kindly listens to me, but help me not to speak things that should just be taken to You in prayer. I pray for all marriages in the Body of Christ today and ask that You strengthen each of them. May we all be filled with Your love daily so that we can become the kind of mates we should be. Amen.
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This ... is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. The Word was God. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
Ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light. Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
Psalm 119:130; 1 John 1:5; 2 Corinthians 4:6; John 1:1; John 1:4; 1 John 1:7; Psalm 119:11; John 15:3; Ephesians 5:8; 1 Peter 2:9
The just shall live by faith. Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a sweet savour. The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe for there is no difference.
We ... joy in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect ? It is God that justifieth. Whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified.
Genesis 6:9; Galatians 3:11; Genesis 8:20-21; Romans 5:1; Romans 3:20-22; Romans 5:11; Romans 8:30; Romans 8:33