Today is November 2, 2018

Verse of the Day — Proverbs 22:1

A good name is to be more desired than great wealth . . .


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Your reputation is more valuable than money.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

God wants us to have a good reputation. After all, we do represent the God of the entire universe. And the only Christianity most non-believers ever see is by observing the lives of Christians. In fact, one of the prerequisites to being a leader in the church is having a good reputation:

If a man aspires to the office of overseer . . . he must have a good reputation with those outside the church —1 Timothy 3:1, 7

Your ultimate desire is to leave the memory of a good name when God takes you home, rather than spending your life trying to make yourself wealthy (wealth comes from God, not from what you do).

But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. —Deuteronomy 8:18

The memory of the righteous is blessed, but the name of the wicked will rot. — Proverbs 10:7


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

In a past GML, you said, or implied, that as a husband, I would be held accountable for my wife’s choices, actions, decisions, etc., when the Lord returns. I got divorced four years ago. She reads your email and now she and others have decided that the divorce was all my fault because if I had done things differently, loved her like Christ loved the church, she wouldn’t have had to divorce me. Now, am I to understand that I will be blamed for this on Judgment Day? Isn’t she responsible for her own actions? I never once cheated on her. How was I supposed to be able to control her thoughts and actions?


ANSWER:

When an army loses a battle, the blame falls on the General, not the Lieutenants. The man is the designated “head” of the home.

For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. —Ephesians 5:23

As such, whatever happens to his family ultimately is his responsibility. On Judgment Day, if a man asks God why he should be blamed for his wife’s thoughts and actions during their marriage, some possible responses may be:

  • You didn’t pray continuously for your wife.

    pray without ceasing —1 Thessalonians 5:17
  • You didn’t live with her in “an understanding way, as with a weaker vessel

    You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered. —1 Peter 3:7
  • You didn’t love her as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her.

    Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her —Ephesians 5:25
         See also 1 Corinthians 13.
  • You didn’t act humbly toward her.

    You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE. —1 Peter 5:5

    But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.” —James 4:6
         See also 1 Corinthians 13:4 and Proverbs 15:25.

  • You acted bitterly toward her.

    Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them. —Colossians 3:19
  • You didn’t make her more important than yourself.

    So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself —Ephesians. 5:28
  • You didn’t look for ways to please her.

    but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife —1 Corinthians 7:33

    The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband. —1 Corinthians 7:3

  • You didn’t treat her as a fellow heir to the kingdom.

    You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered. —1 Peter 3:7
  • You didn’t honor her. (See above verse.)
  • You didn’t forget the things she did wrong in the past.

    does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered —1 Corinthians 13:5
  • You threatened to leave her.

    Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be released. . . . —1 Corinthians 7:27
  • You didn’t forgive her as I forgave you.

    Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. —Ephesians 4:32
  • You didn’t teach her spiritual truths as head of the house.

    For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. —Ephesians 5:23
  • Your eyes wandered to other women.

    but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. —Matthew 5:28

    Like a bird that wanders from her nest,
    So is a man who wanders from his home.
    —Proverbs 27:8

  • You took the “helper” that I created just for you and traded her in for mere money in the workplace.

    Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” . . . The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. —Genesis 2:18, 22
  • You didn’t treat her as My reward to you.

    Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun; for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun. —Ecclesiastes 9:9
However, keep in mind that God sees you as washed clean.

As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
—Psalm 103:12
     See also Hebrews 10:22.

God wants you to move forward—forgetting the past while looking forward to the future.

Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead —Philippians 3:13

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