Though it may be unpopular to say it out loud in public these days, the Bible commands husbands to show honor to their wives “as the weaker vessel” (1 Peter 3:7). The reason for this is dramatic (“since they are heirs with you of the grace of life”), and the cost of failure is steep (“so that your prayers may not be hindered”). So it behooves husbands to ensure they understand what is expected of them. And the context should help.
Such a perfectly timed reminder. God will not allow His plans to be thwarted by my ease or comfort. Sometimesit is for our sinful nature we want ease rather than what God consides best for us and so He will be glorified through us. Please read this beautiful post by Bev Schlomann.
Elisabeth Elliot Gren quoted this phrase many times. Her quote came from a much longer poem written by Amy Carmichael, a missionary to India. I have Elliot’s biography of Carmichael, “A Chance to Die” on my bookshelf.
As we study God’s Word we have to be careful not to avoid the third step of the process. The first two take painstaking time and effort to make sure we understand the Bible correctly. However, it is the third step that will transform our lives, making us more Christ-like. Here is an article I read regarding this last, most important step of study. Enjoy!
When we say that an activity is “uncomfortable,” sometimes we’re just being nice. We often sugar coat reality when we throw out the terms “messy,” “unpleasant,” “awkward,” or “disagreeable.”
Some jobs, projects, and habits are painful. They might be good for us, even necessary for our lives, but they hurt. And it is healthy for us to confront that truth.
The Hard Work of Application
Studying the Bible is painful work. Here I’m not referring to the discipline needed to study the Scriptures. I’m not even talking about the intellectual labor and focus that such study demands. No, the hardest work of Bible study comes in application.
All of the steps of Bible study are important, and none are a cinch. Application may be the hardest step, however, since it is the most personal. In application, we are forced to change. And rare is the person who likes to change.