I received a letter from Lissa, the 17-year-old daughter of a long-time friend. Lissa loves the Lord Jesus and was seeking Christian advice. She said she considers me a “sister” because we both are Christians. She then explained that she had an 18-year-old boyfriend and wanted me to convince her parents that even though they were young, marrying him was the right thing to do.
She said, “He’s a Christian, but he does have a little anger problem. Sometimes he hits me, but he needs me and I know I can help him.”
I wrote back: “Dear Lissa, I’m glad you consider me a ‘sister’ because we are sisters in the Lord and sometimes that is closer than a blood relationship. I’m glad you have a special friend and I’m pleased he knows the Lord. But I want you to heed your big sister’s advice:
“The way Sam treats you now is the best he’ll ever treat you. If he sometimes hits you now, he will hit you more after your marriage.
“Don’t marry him until you are confident he has grown more mature than you, in the things of the Lord. The Bible tells us the husband is to be the spiritual leader in the home. The wife is called to be submissive to her husband. However, the husband is to love her AS Christ loved the church. That’s a lot of love! Read Ephesians 5:22-33.
“Sam’s most important purpose as a husband is to guide you in spiritual things so that someday he can present you to Christ holy and blameless. In a sense, you are to be the follower and Sam the leader.
“Your parents love you and they can see the pitfalls ahead. That is why God has given the commandment to honor your father and mother. And again, ‘obey your parents.'”
As you may imagine, Lissa did not appreciate my letter, but she did receive my advice.
She thanked me years later when she married her Bible study leader. Indeed, HE was God’s choice!
- Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Ephesians 6:1
- Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. Ephesians 5:22-27
- I LOVE THE LORD – By Kathleen
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