MODERATION IN MARRIAGE
1 Corinthians 14:40 – Let all things be done decently and in order. (NKJV)
When a man or woman is single, they may have an excess of selfishness, fame, wealth, and blessings, and there is nothing wrong with being blessed. However, when two become one, the couple must apply the principle of moderation. Godly moderation in marriage refers to yielding under the guidance of the Holy Spirit to manage one’s excessiveness. This means that the husband and wife should be discerning and work together to curb any lavishness. Excessiveness in marriage could be uncontrollable finance, sex, and lifestyle (worshipping one another above God).
In today’s Bible reading, Apostle Paul encourages us to be moderate and organised in all things. A godly home should have accountability for everything. Do not invest resources in what is unnecessary. Spend wisely, dress modestly, and save money for the rainy days (Proverbs 21:20).
Couples must also understand that sex in marriage is an expression of love. It should not be imposed, but both the man and the woman ought not to abuse it. Similarly, they must do away with expecting too much from each other in intercourse. Be moderate and satisfy your sexual desires (Proverbs 5:15-19).
Finally, a godly family should acknowledge that they are a representation of God and should not value themselves more than their creator. “Let your moderation be known unto all men” (Philippians 4:5). People must see Christ’s values in our conduct and character. When we worship ourselves, our spouse, children, or possessions, we run the risk of sidelining God in our home. May the Lord grant us the wisdom to be humble and moderate in our marital journey, in Jesus’ name.
Hymn: More About Jesus — Eliza E. Hewitt (1887)
1. Father, deliver me from excessive behaviour and lifestyle that can destroy my marriage.
1. Father, take away from me any actions that can embarrass my spouse, children and relatives.
2. Father, please quench any threat to the peace of our homes, friends, nations and the Church.
3. Holy Spirit, refill me afresh and uproot worldliness from the depth of my soul.
BEHOLD, A NEW HOME!
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