God's Pattern for the Home

by Dr. Waylon B. Moore
(You may want to print, or download, this four-page lesson so that you can fill in the blanks. Also, each person may want their own copy of this lesson. Plus, Scripture references are intentionally left for you to look up in your own Bible.)

God has much to say in the Bible about a joyous married life. Prayerfully look up each Scripture reference in this Bible study, read the verse, then write your answer to each question in your OWN words. Before you begin, pray, asking God for wisdom and willingness to understand what He is saying to you. First, please write your definition of love:


 

THE HUSBAND

Turn to Ephesians, Chapter 5. God's basic command for all husbands is (Verse 25).


 

1. What KIND of love are you to have for your wife? (Verse 25)


 
How is this divine-kind of love to be expressed?


 

Yes, Jesus' own sacrificial love for us is the only kind of love we can afford to have for a wife. This divine love gives the wife everything she needs that is BEST for her — it does not give her what she necessarily wants or desires, however. Jesus gives to us His best.

2. Where can we get this powerful love? Romans 5:5


 

How can we understand God's love? 1 John 3:16


 

What must we be willing to do for other Christians? Verse 16


 

What then must you daily be willing to do for your wife?


 

This “laying down your life” is really another way of expressing the “rules” of love in 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter of the Bible.

3. How MUCH are you to love your wife? Ephesians 5:28


 

4. What does God hold you responsible to do for your wife? Ephesians 5:29


 
With whom are you to live? Ephesians 5:31


 

5. What is one reason for marriage? 1 Corinthians 7:2


 

6. What does God call your body? 1 Corinthians 3:16


 

7. What is your body for? 1 Corinthians 6:13


 

To have any sex relationship with anyone but your wife is adultery and is to (1 Corinthians 6:15)


 

What is the penalty for adultery? 1 Corinthians 3:17, 18


 

Will you read 1 Corinthians 13 each day this week, asking God to grant you His own divine love for your wife?

 yes   no  (circle one)

THE WIFE

1. What is God's plan for a contented wife? 1 Peter 3:1


 

The word “conversation” = manner of life.

2. What is priceless with God? 1 Peter 3:4


 

3. See Ephesians 5:22. Wives are to



themselves to their



as



Who chose the husband to be the “head” and you to be submissive to him? See 1 Timothy 2:11, 12.


 

4. What AREAS are wives to submit to their husbands? Ephesians 5:24


 

5. From Hebrews 13:4:

Marriage is



The sex relationship is



God's judgement is on



Is there any area of rebellion against God, and therefore your husband, which you need now to confess to God in prayer?


LOVE IS A DECISION:

Love is a commitment of one's will to what is best for someone else as long as they live. It is not an emotion, but produces emotions. “Feeling in love” or no longer “feeling in love” is completely apart from the Bible concept of love. Love always expresses itself in giving. Romans 5:8

NOTE: Why not share your study with your husband or wife after both of you have completed it. Discuss what you learned, found difficult, new, or were challenged to do by this study.

IDEAS, VERSES FOR DISCUSSION:


 


 

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