Matt Chandler (president of the Acts 29 Network) has a great series titled “A Beautiful Design” that I was listening to each week last year. It was part of a sermon series posted by The Village Church, of which Chandler is also senior pastor for. The church is located in the Dallas, Texas area for anyone who is near there.
Anyways, the sermon series is all about how men and women are called to be men and women of God in all aspects of their life, including the dynamics of a relationship. I thought it’s a great series to listen to, being that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and all. If you are in a relationship or pursuing one, I encourage you to check it out. And even if you are single, there are great pieces of advice in there too!
“Where the ideal is lacking, grace abounds. Some of the godliest men I know right now, did not grow up in homes where daddy was overly engaged or his engagement was dark. Don’t lose heart, sisters. The Lord enters into dark spaces and makes things new. Don’t lose heart.
“But in every domain of study, God has designed the man to have a unique role in human flourishing. He ORDERS things for flourishing. And where men fulfill the role of biblical manhood, women ALSO flourish in their gifts, in their zeal, in that they FLOURISH. In fact, the Bible would tell us that a wife married to a good man would flourish like a well-watered vine. Men, that’s a good Litmus test to your leadership. Is your wife flourishing?”
These are key words I wish I had heard years ago. If that doesn’t get your butt in gear as a biblical man, then check out the passage below. God not answering prayers until things are straight with your wife?? Whoah. Scary stuff.
1 Peter 3:7
Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.