Men or Boyz

1 Timothy 5:8 (KJV 1900)

But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

                 , in taking this woman to be your lawful and wedded wife, before God and these witnesses present, you must promise to love HER, to honor and cherish her, to the best of your ability provide for her, in that relation and leaving all others, cleave only unto her, and be to her in all things a true and faithful husband so long as you both shall live.  WILL YOU SO PROMISE?
If so answer I Will.

I,              take thee                to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I pledge thee my faith.

               please repeat after me:
In token and pledge of our constant faith and abiding love, with this ring I thee wed, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

What we have here is the standard wedding ceremony that I use. I have added a line that I fully intend on using from here on out. That line is “to the best of your ability provide for her”.  When you read the context of the above verse you will see that it speaks of a widowed MOTHER.  The Scripture is also clear that a wife trumps a mother in every possible way.  Yet here we see that the Lord is concerned for mothers… and if the language here concerning mothers is this strong, where do you think wives and children reside.  The fact is men, that if you are not doing your best to provide for your family, you have denied the faith and are worse than an infidel.  Gods Words not mine.  Think about it.

 

Now consider something much worse than not providing.  Consider how you treat your family.  Is negligence better or worse than assault?  Are you keeping your vow?  Are you allowing Jesus to love your family through you?  Are you ministering to your wife, to your kids and to your aging parents?  Are you acting like a man or just one of the boyz yo.

 

Just sayin’

Pastor