The best thing you and I can ever be to anyone in any area of life is an example. A POSITIVE example! Apostle Paul told Timothy something profound in 1 Timothy 4:12: Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
When we are anything contrary to the above, it contradicts what God expects of us. An example is simply one who is serving as a pattern of a specific kind. It is also a person or way of behaving that is considered as a model for other people to copy. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Well, that should be YOU! It also applies to our family life. This means that as a husband, you should strive to be an example to your wife and children, and to other men around you, showing them what indeed a man and a husband should be. As a wife, be an example to your husband and children, and other women around you, showing them what a woman and a wife indeed should be. Be an example to your co-workers, to acquaintances, to unbelievers, etc.
An example is separate from the rest; it proves that even though things have been in a particular way, it can be positively different. Stop thinking and talking like everybody else. People should see you and know that the difference is clear! Don’t take pride in being a source of concern to your spouse and family. They may say “all women or all men are the same, but she/he (speaking of you) is one of a kind, she/he is different, she/he is notable, she/he is striking, she/he is outstanding”.
Let your family life be an example to others who are watching you. Your age, status, etc has nothing to do with it; an example, someone who is different is a person who cannot be ignored. No matter what others are saying about their own marriages, their own spouses, their own children, their own experiences, never allow yourself to join in the pack. Be the one that proves to them that marriage and family life is indeed for better living and not the opposite. Positive examples tend to be the minority, but don’t let that deter you. Remain focused on proving God’s concept of marriage and family life to the fullest. The good news is that His mercy and grace to help us is fully available!
To show others a perfect example of Marriage and family as God intended, you must have a relationship with Him. This simply means that you must be born again and you can only do so by having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. God would release abundant grace upon you when you confess your sins and accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. That way, you will be saved. If you are ready to be saved, please say this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. I can’t help myself. Forgive me of my sins. From today, I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me. Now, I know I am born again.”
Congratulations! I am so excited for you and look forward to your testimonies. Till I come your way next time, please call or write to share your testimonies with me through email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 08141320204; 07026385437. You can connect with me on my Facebook page, which is called Crisis-Proof Your Family, and my blog – www.crisisproofyourfamilyblog.com!
For more insight, these books authored by Pastor Faith Oyedepo are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian Bookstores: Making Marriage Work and Marriage Covenant.
Remain ever blessed!