Pastor Joe Campbell – Sunday AM July 31, 2016
“Without the correct keys the great potential and blessing God has for you will never be experienced.” – Pastor Joe Campbell
“(25) Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her…(28) So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. (29) For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.”
God has provided certain keys that are critical to marriage. Without the use of these keys, the marriage experience will be horrific and never reach its full potential. Keys provide access to places and treasures that we would never gain access to without them. Matthew 16:19, “[a]nd I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
We are given access to heaven for insight on how to respond to our wife, speak to our wife, and treat our wife. Ecclesiastes 4:9-11 states, “(9) [t]wo are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. (10) For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. (11) Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone?” The keys provided to us by God make marriage beautiful and provide a refuge for our wives.
The great potential of a marriage will never be realized if we continue to inject the wrong key. Far too often we try to apply methods and suggestions found in books or provided by the world, but the key to marriage is found in the Word of God. Ephesians 5:25, “[h]usbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” It’s not through wealth and riches that a marriage prospers, it flourishes as we recognize our selfishness and kill it.
The old wild, selfish ways and attitudes must die. It is our thoughts, our time, conversation, our passion, and our effort that our wives desire. Ephesians 5:28-29, “(28) So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. (29) For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.” When you think about loving yourself, do you think about loving her? It isn’t natural to hate your own flesh. We must be a fountain of love that nourishes and sustains her. The true joy and great reward of marriage follows the use of God’s keys.
“God’s word always works when you apply it…this is how you build a strong marriage” – Pastor Joe Campbell