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Summary: A sermon including six ways to love your wife.

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A man was walking along a California beach and stumbled across an old lamp. He picked it up, ..... rubbed it - and out popped a genie. The genie said, "Listen.... four people have released me from the lamp this month ..... and I’m getting a little sick of these wishes, so you can forget about three. You only get one wish."

The man thought about it for a while and said, "I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii, but I am afraid to fly .... and I get very sea sick. Could you build me a bridge to Hawaii so I can drive over there to vacation?"

The genie laughed and said,....."That’s impossible. Think of the logistics of that feat! How would the supports ever reach the bottom of the Pacific ocean? You need to think of another wish."

The man thought about it and said, "I’ve been dating for years and the women I date always say that I don’t care and that I am insensitive.

So, I wish that I could fully understand women .. to know exactly how they feel and know exactly what they are thinking."

The genie paused then said, "You want that bridge with 2 lanes or 4 lanes?

Happy Mother’s Day! To all you mother’s, grandmother’s and future Mothers out there – my wife and I would like to wish you happy Mother’s Day! Natalie and I are celebrating her 15th Mother’s Day together…and the 37th Mother’s Day for my own Mother. I love my wife and I love my mom!? My wife is the best – and my mom is the best. I am blessed and lucked out with 2 amazing women of God! Thank God for 2 special ladies in my life!

This morning, in light of Mother’s Day, I have a message for you titled: Yo Wife is Not Yo Mama. I think one of the major flaws by husbands is that we grow up, most of us, with our mamas…and then when we are married, we have this default button that we push that makes us treat, act and react to our wives as if they’re our mamas. They are not. I want every dude in the building to say this with me right now… “My wife is not my mama”… (My wife is not my mama). When I grew up, my mama tried to give me a special life. Life was about me, not her. She selflessly served me, fed me, did my laundry, cleaned my house, provided for me. She took care of me. Now, I’m married…and it’s not Natalie’s job to be my mama…she’s my wife.

This message today…it’s not just for the dudes tho…If you have a mama…a grandmamma…or a special lady in your life; this message is for YOU too!

Genesis 2:18, "The Lord God said, `It is not good for man to be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife.'"

See, you leave your mama…and cleave to your wife. But your wife is not yo mama.

When God made Adam, He put him in a perfect environment. Adam had this perfect environment. No problems. No stress. No difficulties. So God made him this wife. And God said, "It's not good for man to be alone." So he made him a helper, a lover, a wife.

I don't care if you're married or not, the Bible says it's not good for you to be alone. You were made for relationships. Human beings were made for relationships. Whether you're married or not, you need companionship. You need friendships. You need people to relate to. That's why the worst kind of punishment is called solitary confinement.

You don’t have to be married to have companionship and friendship. In fact, sadly, some people are married and the loneliest people on earth.

Bu the first thing I wanna establish today for us guy is what the Bible says about us men and finding wife. It says this in Proverbs 18:22:

“The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the LORD.” Proverbs 18:22 (NLT)

Men, I want to you say that out loud!!!! “MY WIFE IS A TREASURE!” C'mon say it like you mean it!: My wife is a treasure. Men, remember that for the rest of your lives.

I have 6 ways to love your woman.

6 WAYS TO LOVE YOUR WOMAN:

1. LOVE HER BY LOVING GOD.

It almost goes without saying…when you love God – everything else in life lines up. When you love God – you see everything through the eyes and convictions of God. I call it the Matthew 6:33 perspective. Seek first the kingdom of God and HIS righteousness – and all these things will be added to you. Love God – and you’ll love your wife like Christ loves you. Remember: Loving God is the greatest of ALL THE commandments. Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was…HIS repsonse is found in MT 22:37:

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