Proverbs 19:13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
With all the difficult challenges that a woman faces within the home, it should not be surprising that the Lord repeatedly gave warnings against a woman with a contentious spirit. How does the downward spiral begin? She may spend her life serving others with little to no thanks. She may honour and submit to a husband who deserves little honour or authority. If she does not continually walk with the Lord, she can become disillusioned with the Lord and with her duties as a mother and wife. She might begin to be contentious (Proverbs 21:9; Proverbs 25:24; Proverbs 27:15) causing greater problems in the home, perhaps to the point of causing those she loves to become bitter against her (Colossians 3:19).
- (For children): A woman with a meek and quiet spirit “is in the sight of God of great price” (1 Peter 3:4). A hateful, argumentative woman disquiets (takes peace away from) the earth (Proverbs 30:21, 23a). It is impossible to hide her (Proverbs 27:15-16).
- (For everyone): Is there peace or contention in your home? Have you done things as a husband or child to cause the wife/mother in your home to grow weary in well doing? Why not unilaterally change and trust God to fix the situation?
- Are you a wife and mother? Are you contentious with those within your home? What happened to cause you to become disobedient to God’s commands?
- Ask God to help you walk with Him in the good times and in the bad.
- Thank God for giving you a Christian home.
SONG: YIELD NOT TO TEMPTATION
Quotes from the next volume
(VOLUME 4, WEEK 25)
The Lord is just as concerned with why a man does what he does as He is concerned with what the man does.
Many times asking and answering the simple question, “Why?” is the best way to expose one’s motives.
It is always right to do right, but it is more perfectly right to do right for the right reasons.