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Married, But Not Best Friends, pt. 4


Sermon shared by Jerry Shirley

February 2006
Summary: Final in series. Features 3 ways wives will never change their husbands. Free link included to all 4 messages in formatted text, handouts, and PowerPoint resources.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
3 Ways to Never Change Your Husband:
• Nagging—it usually makes it worse.
• Criticizing—esp. in front of others…this erodes his confidence. Criticism makes men defensive…you’ll catch more flies w/ honey!
• Physical punishment—that’s right…maybe not fists or rolling pins, but by withholding marital relations…using sex as a weapon.
1 Cor. 7:3-5
Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. [4] The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. [5] Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

You’re inviting an affair!

How will husbands respond when these 3 weapons are pulled on them?
• Some clam up—don’t want to be around you…so they look for things to do away from home.
• Some blow up—react in violence to let off the steam that has built up.
• Some give up—60% of marriages today prove this!

What can you do, ladies?
Pray for him. Don’t take it all into your own hands…realize God can do more for him in a moment than you could do in your lifetime!
Praise him.
1 Peter 3:1-4
Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; [2] While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. [3] Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; [4] But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

Commitment to prayer, and a good spirit…
6. Commitment to unconditional love
“It’s not love that sustains your commitment…it’s commitment that sustains your love”
Contrary to what Hollywood says…love is not a feeling, it’s a commitment, a promise, a job!

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