Today is September 13, 2019

Verse of the Day — 1 Peter 2:9

. . . proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

All Christians are called to witness.

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MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

To “witness” is to simply give a personal testimony of what God has done in our lives. We are always to be ready to give a heart-felt explanation of where we’ve been (“darkness”), how we found salvation (“Him who called you”—God did it all) and where we’re going (“marvelous light”—Jesus and heaven).

God has given us such a great gift (Ephesians 2:8) it is sometimes difficult to put into words. Referred to as His indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15), we nevertheless should always be ready to boldly give our testimony.      For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God —Ephesians 2:8

     Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! —2 Corinthians 9:15

pray . . . that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. —Ephesians 6:19


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

I strongly disagree with your suggestion for the wife to remove the Internet porn filter from their computer. To put a computer connected to the Internet in front of a person with a problem controlling the flesh is like putting a bottle in front of a person that has a problem with drinking. A bottle is fine if it doesn’t contain any alcohol.

The same is true of the computer—it poses no problem if the filter is there. The desire to view porn dissipates when you can’t access it. Do whatever it takes to eliminate the problem. Bravo for the wife! She is truly a good wife who cares about her family and husband and is simply being there when he needs her most.


ANSWER:

We couldn’t disagree more strongly. At issue here is not whether or not there should be a filter but rather who should make the decision. A wife should never put a filter on the Internet (against her husband’s wishes) any more than she should throw away his beer when she finds it in the refrigerator.

If a wife uses that kind of thinking, she would be overruling poor business decisions, child discipline decisions, and even spiritual decisions. Who then is in charge of the house? No, it’s not her job to lord over him or be the “junior holy spirit.”

The root problem is not her husband seeking to view pornography. Rather, it’s his refusal to allow the Holy Spirit to work in his life. And until the ROOT problem is corrected, every time she covers up one problem, another will surface—a never-ending cycle.

She can, and should, appeal to her husband without bitterness or dishonor. She may even suggest installing the filter as a means to an end. But to arbitrarily begin taking matters into her own hands is wrong.

. . . wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. —1 Peter 3:1-2

One of the most difficult jobs of a wife is to stand back and allow her husband to fail—especially when she clearly sees it coming. But if that’s what it takes to deal with the root problem, then the whole family will be better off for eternity.

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