First Mennonite Morton



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    February 28, 2019

    I laughed last week as I read that in a 1950’s “Home Economic” book it advised wives to be smiling, silent and subservient.  Advice for husbands included: “If the wife is ill, phone from work to inquire about her” and “keep your wife equipped with modern labor saving devices.”  Is it any wonder every decade goes through reexamining roles for men and women? Clearly, until we reach Heaven, we will all need to give grace to one another.

    It’s a blessing to be a part of a congregation that does not relegate women to subservient positions or men to inerrant prognosticator.  We hold God’s Word as our “go to” for advice in all relationships!

    Ephesians 4:2-7  “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.  There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all.”

    Jesus radically broke cultural norms by treating men and women equally.  We live with God’s Spirit within each who gave spiritual gifts to us by God’s choice, not our own.  Society will always have shifting behavioral expectations for men and women but our example should always be Christ.  His example will inspire each of us to become more like Him.

    Someone once said that any great relationship is made up of two great forgivers and there is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.  Regardless of current cultural expectations, the Bible will continue to remain our timeless “Home Economics” book.

    Listen to the wisdom of children as they sing: “Jesus love me, this I know…”  “Red and Yellow, Black and White, they are precious in His sight!”  Many books can be written on advice for relationships, the best one is titled “Holy Bible.”  Kids have a song about the B-I-B-L-E too!

    It’s fun to look at old advice books, but clearly, the Bible has timeless truths even for today! 

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