Today’s topic is: Diligent
Dictionary.com defines diligent as constant in effort to accomplish something
I like dictionaries because they help me find the heart behind words.
What is an effort? dictionary.com defines effort as
- something done by hard work
What is constant? dictionary.com defines constant as:
- Not changing or varying; uniform; regular; invariable.
- Continuing without pause or letup; unceasing.
- Faithful; unswerving in love, devotion.
- Steadfast; firm in mind or purpose; resolute
How can I apply diligence to my marriage?
In order to do that, I first need to look at what the Lord asks of me within my marriage:
Ephesians 5:22-24 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
1 Peter 3:1-6 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands,
Hebrews 13:4 Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.
Proverbs 31:10-31 An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar…
Colossians 3:18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
Titus 2:5 To be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
And next what He say’s about diligence:
Proverbs 10:4 A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
How does this all mesh together?
Simply said ~ we need to discipline ourselves with our application of what the Lord expects of us in marriage.
Long-ish version ~ Your marriage belongs to God. Marriage is not simply about the wedding, or “putting a ring on it”. Marriage is a union of two people (one man and one woman). Your life is no longer your own, it is now merged with the life of your spouse. Marriage is not just saying “I do”, it has so many branches that come out of its core. Homemaking, child rearing, house keeping, homeschooling (in my case) and so much more. We must be in constant effort with ALL of our God-given roles within our marriage.
Firm in our purpose. Intentional.
Key points to remember:
- What we believe about God determines the quality of our marriage.
- The Bible is the foundation of a thriving marriage.
- God is the most important person in your marriage.
Remember what Paul wrote to Timothy: “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.”
Of whom I am the highest in ranking.
If I look at myself as the highest ranking sinner in my marriage, I will constantly seek the Lords guidance in everything I do. I will be less prone to wasting my time pointing the finger at my husband, and spend more time in prayer asking the Lord to help me through my sin. More »