Your application is being submitted.

Please do NOT hit the back button or refresh the page.

[ close ]

Husbands and Wives (part 4 of 8)

“Everyone That Loveth Knoweth God”

“The Bible is the textbook for life. And as such, it has precious instruction to guide husbands and wives in making a success of the Christian home. The home is, in a special sense, the place of love. Here is where children learn or should learn early what love is. It is God’s plan that His children should grow up in homes that are filled with love. They should go out and establish other homes like the homes they grew up in.”

“Many of us, if we have Christian homes filled with love, will have homes somewhat different, more or less, from the homes we grew up in. That’s all right. Where sin abounded, the Bible says, there did grace much more abound. No matter what our background may be, no matter what the failure of our parents to bring us up in all the knowledge of God and His love, thank God, right where we are, we can start to learn the lesson. God meets us where we are.”

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. – 1 John 4:7, 8

“Love is from whom? God. Love is of God. Do you believe that? Well, then let me ask you, if you want more love, where would you go to get it? Go to God. Is that right? Would it also be true that the more of God you have, the closer you get to God, the more love you would have? Wouldn’t it be nice if all the people out in the world that think they are hunting for love could know that? Yes. Love is of God.”

God Is Love

The Spirit of Prophecy in commenting on this, says:

Love is of God. The unconsecrated heart cannot originate or produce it. It is found only in the heart where Jesus reigns. ‘We love, because He first loved us’ 1 John 4:19, R.V. – Steps to Christ, pg. 59

“Now, the second thing I want you to notice in these verses is that he who loves, knows God”:

Every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. – 1 John 4:7

If we love, who do we know? God. Why? Because God is love.

“The third point we want to notice is that the man that doesn’t love doesn’t know who? God. The one that loves, knows God. The one that doesn’t love, doesn’t know God. I want to tell you, friends, it doesn’t make any difference how many times a man has made a profession of religion. He may be a deacon, an elder in the church. If he doesn’t know love, he doesn’t know God. And notice, it takes more than receiving love to understand love. What does this verse say?”

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love – 1 John 4:8

Everyone that loveth is born of God. – 1 John 4:7

“Notice, it doesn’t say, “Everybody that gets love knows God.” Quite often when we think of love, we think of it on the receiving end. “Oh, I want somebody to love me.” Well, my dear friends, you can never understand love just by receiving it. This is fundamental to our understanding of the marriage relation and the successful Christian home. We can never know love merely by receiving it.”

“Sometimes there are wives who are discontented, unhappy because they think their husbands do not love them as they ought, and it may all be true. But I will tell you, dear wife, you can never know love by receiving it only. No. You can never understand it that way. Sometimes there are husbands that wish their wives were more responsive, more loving. But dear husband, the way you know love is by giving love, not by receiving it. Isn’t that what this verse says?”

Every one that loveth … knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. – 1 John 4:7, 8

I copied this little verse, or poem, out of one of the old Mount of Blessings:

Learn that to love is the one way to know God or man. It is not love received that maketh man to know The inner life of them that love him. Only love bestowed shall do it. – Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing.

So if you want to know love, you have to do the loving. This is why God gave men and women the gift of parenthood. Who does the loving with the little babe? The babe? It is the father and mother that love the little one. Eventually, the plan is for the little one to love back. But you notice here in 1 John 4:19″:

We love him… 

Why?

Because he first loved us. – 1 John 4:19

“And this is the Divine law all through creation. Parents love their children long before the children love them. So in this relationship in the home, my dear fellow students in the school of marriage, remember you will know love only as you give love, as you bestow love.”

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. – 1 John 4:8

“Oh, friends, it is a wonderful thing when the husband and wife are so linked in holy love and understanding, that each one, both in giving and receiving love, is learning more about it every day.”

“You remember that statement we had in an earlier lesson? I would like to go back to it, Adventist Home, page 105. Turn to it, will you? This is a wonderful statement. You can see we have enrolled in a school whose course of study covers a lot of ground, and whose training requires a long time”:

Adventist Home

To gain a proper understanding of the marriage relation is the work of a lifetime. – Adventist Home, pg. 105

“Do you mean there is something more for you folks, to learn about marriage, that have been married ten, twenty, thirty, forty years? Yes, there is something more. You mean even people that have been married fifty years haven’t learned all there is to know about it? That is what this says. We won’t exhaust it in eight classes, will we?
Notice the next”:

Those who marry enter a school from which they are never in this life to be graduated. – Adventist Home, pg. 105

“And you know folks, I am glad of it. I like this school. I love it. And I wouldn’t want to graduate. I want to keep learning more and more. You know, when I was a young man, my mother used to keep a child or two in her home sometimes. And we had a little girl that mother was taking care of, just a little toddler. But like many children, she loved to eat. One day when there was something that she saw that she especially liked, she said to my mother, “Auntie, can we have more and more and more?” And her little face just glowed.”

“Well, this is it, friends. We can have it, more and more and more. And why not? Why be satisfied with picking up the crumbs that fall from the table? Home is to be the place where love is lavishly bestowed, where there is always plenty more where that came from, where there is no failure of supply, lots of love.”

Every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. – 1 John 4:7

Well, I am thankful for that. I want to share another four lines with you. Think of this as coming from the husband to the wife:

He gave thee to me, dearest, that His love, So flowing through my inmost soul to thee, Might make me know His tender thoughts toward me, And thus, in knowing thee, His love to prove.

Why does God give the husband the opportunity to love his wife? So that in loving his wife he will know God.

Husbands, love your wives…

How?

Even as Christ also loved the church. – Ephesians 5:25

“So, you see what it is friends? The wife, looking at the husband, his countenance, the look on his face, as she listens to his voice, is to see and hear a reflection and echo of whom? Christ. What a challenge, dear men. It is enough to cause us to pause in the secret place of prayer and get a holy anointing before we meet our companion. And if we are away from home, either for a day in business or for a longer period in some necessary trip, as our hearts beat faster as we approach the home, won’t it be with a prayer on our lips that we come? “Oh Lord, help me to reveal to my wife the tender love of Jesus.” Is that right? That is what this is all about. That is what it is for. And in doing that, we learn better how to know God. We learn to know Him in this way.”

“You remember, we found that the earthly sanctuary was copied after what? The heavenly Sanctuary. And our homes are to be copies of what? Heaven. We are to have what on earth? Heaven on earth. The only way to have heaven on earth is to make it like the pattern. Who is the Priest up there in the sanctuary? Jesus. Would it make any difference whether or not there was a priest? Go back to the type. What could happen in there without a priest? Nothing. Who trimmed the lamps? A priest. Who put the bread on the table? A priest. Who put the incense on the altar? A priest. Who sprinkles the blood on the mercy seat? A priest. Could anybody else go in there? No.”

Now, I wish you would turn to Adventist Home, page 212, and see what we can find on this

All members of the family center in

Who?

The father. He is the lawmaker, illustrating in his own manly bearing the sterner virtues: energy, integrity, honesty, patience, courage, diligence, and practical usefulness. The father is in one sense

What?

The priest of the household. – Adventist Home, pg. 212

Who is the priest in the sanctuary above? Jesus. Who is the priest in the sanctuary below? The father.

The father is in one sense the priest of the household, laying upon the altar of God the morning and evening sacrifice. The wife and children should be encouraged to unite in this offering and also to engage in the song of praise. Morning and evening the father, as priest of the household, should confess to God the sins committed by himself and his children through the day. – Adventist Home, pg. 212

“Then the rest of the paragraph shows that this is to be done by the father when he is present or by the mother when he is absent. So if the father is not able to go ahead with it, the mother is. But in the typical or ideal situation, the priest of the household is who? The father or the husband.”

“Do you see why over there in Ephesians it says that the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is head of the church? Who was head of all this sanctuary work? The priest, the high priest. Under him were the associate priests, and under them the Levities. I would like to emphasize, dear friends, that a successful Christian home centers in a husband and father who knows God, and leads his family in the experience of love.”

“We must face reality in the world around us. And it is a fact today, friends, that there are not very many homes left, where the husband and father has very much authority. That is a fact. A judge in New York city, dealing with thousands of cases of juvenile delinquency over a period of many years, was led to make a study of the different races and nations and cultures, and this is what he found. Looking at various European nations and Asiatic nations, and different nations here in North and South America, he found this: that wherever in any nation or race, the husband and father is looked up to as the leader, the lawgiver, and the mother and the children look to him as leader, there is very little juvenile delinquency; very little juvenile crime. And of course, the converse is true. Where that authority is broken down, we see just what we are seeing today.”

“The truth of the matter is that in most homes today, the children rule the mother and the mother rules the father. This is what is happening in America today. Many husbands and fathers are just working all the time to supply the demands, real and imaginary, of wife and children, who are trying to keep up with the Jones. Do you know anything about what I am talking about? Do you see it in the world around you?”

“I want to tell you something, friends, before we get the latter rain we are going to return to apostolic purity and primitive simplicity. We are going to return to Bible religion. We are going to see homes in which the husband and father is recognized as the priest who leads in worship and service. But the whole thing is not one of bossing, but of loving. And I don’t mean by that some silly, cheap, weak-kneed administration. Oh, no.”

“Let me tell you a little secret. The more loving you are, dear husband and father, the more firm you can afford to be. And to put it the other way around, the firmer you are the more loving you need to be. If you have firmness without love then you have a harshness that will simply alienate and drive away whether you are dealing with wife or children. If you have what is called love without firmness, then you have a weak character that will never build anything very solid. Oh, I pray that God may give every husband and father that wonderful blend of love and firmness, tenderness and decision.”

“And you know, whether women know it or not, and a lot of them do know it, this is exactly what a woman’s heart longs for. She longs for a husband that she can look up to and respect. Even in Eden Eve was made not quite as tall as Adam. You have read that, haven’t you? So when Eve looked to Adam she looked where? She looked up. It is true they were equal and that is all right. An apple and an orange can be equal, but they are not duplicates. Adam and Eve were equal, but they were not duplicates. The husband and wife are equal, equal in value in God’s sight; equal in their opportunities to be saved and to effect the salvation of other souls. But God has plainly given to the husband and father the leadership, as the priest in the earthly sanctuary of the home, which is to be copied after the heavenly. Do you see?”

“I want to tell you something, friends. You look around at most of the successful homes you know, and you will find out that there is a relationship between husband and wife there, that while the husband thinks he has the greatest jewel in all the world in his wife, the wife looks up to her husband as the leader and respects his leadership. To the extent that that is missing, or is weak, the home lacks something. This lack will be reflected in the attitude and experience of the children.”

Dear husbands and wives, if you want to build a good, solid home, remember a sanctuary needs a priest, and God has appointed the priest of the home. So you wives, respect that leadership. Encourage your husband to lead out in family worship, to lead out in the home. And a wife can have a wonderful influence in helping her husband to lead right out – not by telling him how to lead, not by leading him to lead, but by waiting for his leadership and encouraging him in it.”

“We had a statement in an earlier lesson, but I want to read it again at this time. Notice what the effect of this is on the children. I know of no more wonderful paragraph on successful home management than this one”:

The best way to educate children to respect their father and mother is to give them the opportunity of seeing the father offering kindly attentions to the mother and the mother rendering respect and reverence to the father. It is by beholding love in their parents that children are led to obey the fifth commandment and to heed the injunction, ‘Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right’. – Adventist Home, pg. 198

“Notice that word respect and what? Reverence. That is the next thing to worship. It is not worship. No wife should worship her husband. But a true wife comes as near it as is proper. She loves her husband. She respects him. This says, she does what? She reverences him.”

Now let’s turn over and read this in the Bible:

Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. – 1 Peter 3:1, 2

“Now notice how immediately, he goes into the dress question. This is associated with the very thing we are studying – the proper respect and reverence of the wife toward the husband”:

Whose adorning

(That is, these wives whose conversation is chaste and who respect their husbands.)

Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. – 1 Peter 3:3, 4

“Dear wives, you can have an ornament which is in the sight of God of great price, but you won’t buy it at Tiffany’s and you certainly won’t pick it up at the dime store nor the beauty shop. What is this ornament which is in the sight of God of great price? A meek and quiet spirit – the inward adorning.”

For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement. – 1 Peter 3:5, 6

Now, the seventh verse, and I would like all the men to read this.

Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. – 1 Peter 3:7

“The husband is to dwell with his wife according to what? To knowledge. You mean there is something to learn? That is what Peter says. The only way you can dwell according to knowledge is to have knowledge. Is that right? Dear friends, do you know why homes are going on the rocks today? Neither husbands nor wives are studying the manufacturer’s instructions. They haven’t even read them, many of them. To many people think the Bible is an old book that was written thousands of years ago and has little, if any, bearing on today’s problems.”

Eleventh hour

“I tell you, friends, as far as its relevance is concerned, the Bible is the most modern book in the world. If there was ever a time when the Bible was relevant in making successful home living possible, this is the hour. Oh, let’s find out what the Bible, with the divine commentary – the Spirit of Prophecy, has to teach us about successful home living. What do you say?”

Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge…

Now notice that next line. What does it say? Giving what?

Honour unto the wife. – 1 Peter 3:7

“Somebody says, ‘Well, Brother Frazee, I thought you just got through proving from the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy that the husband is the leader.’ Precisely. But he is not made leader to give honor to himself. He was made leader to give
honor to his wife. That is what this says, doesn’t it?”

And what did we read there in Adventist Home?

The best way to educate children to respect their father and mother is to give them the opportunity of seeing the father offering kindly attentions to the mother and the mother rendering respect and reverence to the father. – Adventist Home, pg. 198

“Isn’t this wonderful, friends? Don’t be like that section boss that I heard of years ago. The man who had been section boss was away. I don’t know if he had been sick or been transferred. But one of the men that was part of the gang was made the section boss. So as the men reported for work this particular morning he took the crew out on the track and said, “Take that car off the track.” So with the hard work that it took in those days, those men got that car off the track. When it was completed he said, “Put that car back on the track. I will show you who is boss around here. Most of us don’t do it quite that crudely, do we? But, ah, dear husband and father, whether it is with the children or our wives, let’s be very sure that we remember that our job is not to be a dictator. No. Remember what I told you about that mixture and blending of love and firmness? Now look at this text again”:

Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving

What?

Honour

Who to?

The wife. – 1 Peter 3:7

“Oh, dear husbands, never say one word in front of your children, in front of other members of your family, in front of the neighbors, in front of anybody that would in any way reflect upon your wife. If I could get that one lesson across to some of you… I cringe and blush inwardly, if not outwardly, many a time when I hear some husband saying something about his wife, either with her present or with her absent, that reflects upon her. Oh, it may be done in a joking way. But listen:”

There is a sacred circle around every family which should be preserved. No other one has any right in that sacred circle. The husband and wife should be all to each other. The wife should have no secrets to keep from her husband and let others know, and the husband should have no secrets to keep from his wife to relate to others. The heart of his wife should be the grave for the faults of the husband, and the heart of the husband the grave for his wife’s faults. Never should either party indulge in a joke at the expense of the other’s feelings.  – Adventist Home, pg. 177

“How often is never? Once a year? Not even once in a lifetime? Men and women, have you ever done it? If you have, confess it to God and each other and vow that you will never do it again.”

Never should either the husband or wife in sport or in any other manner complain of each other to others, for frequently indulging in this foolish and what may seem perfectly harmless joking will end in trial with each other and perhaps estrangement. I have been shown that there should be a sacred shield around every family. – Adventist Home, pg. 177

“Ah, dear ones, I should be able to mingle with any of you and never hear one word that reflects upon your companion. Right? What a high standard. But I will tell you, all it takes is love. That is all. If you love somebody enough, you do not want to expose their faults. If you love somebody enough, you are very conscious about how something is going to affect them. You would not want to make them feel bad. That is all it takes, love.”

Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving

What?

Honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel. – 1 Peter 3:7

“This is what the Bible says. You, with this modern Women’s Rights Movement, women wanting to be equal with men, dress like men, and smoke cigarettes like men, and take any job that a man takes, they resent this idea of being weaker. But that is what the Bible says. A true woman is happy for the protection and guardianship of her husband. A woman should learn this growing up. If she is in a Christian home, she has a father and older brothers that guard her and protect her. And then when she comes to the marriage altar, what does all this mean, the father of the bride turning over the girl to the bridegroom? Is that just some ritual to go through? Some formality? What is it for? Ah, my dear friends, every woman needs a lawful protector.”

0601022

“Do you know how sin entered this world? Eve forgot. And when it came to her mind, she was too proud or too something to admit it and run back to her husband. She wandered away from her husband’s side, and presently found herself where? At the forbidden tree. She heard what? A serpent speaking. Do you know who he was speaking to? He was speaking to Eve. Do you know what he was saying? He extolled her beauty. He told her what a lovely, lovely person she was. Do you know what the Spirit of Prophecy tells us? It says that that should have led her, at once, to seek her husband’s side, to enquire of him why another should thus familiarly address her. But she was pleased with that flattery.”

“When Peter says here that the wife is the weaker vessel, he is not speaking necessarily of physical strength. This is not to encourage women to just be waited on and not develop any muscle. I tell you again, my dear friends, the Bible and history, both sacred and profane, unite in telling us a woman needs a lawful protector. Ideally she finds that, I repeat, as she grows up with her father and brothers. And when she is married, it ought to be to somebody that she can entrust, and that her father can entrust her destiny to. Do you see friends?”

“I know that we are in a world that has everything backwards. But, we need to come back in our concepts to the Bible plan. Do you see the responsibility that this lays upon you dear husbands to lead in the home in throwing around your home protective influences? Take the dress question. I will deal with it more [in a later study]… But I will tell you something. If the husband and father would tell his wife and daughters what he knows about the relationship between dress and morals, and the relationship between undress and immorality, and then as head of the house would quietly and kindly, but firmly, take his stand that there is not going to be any of these immodest fashions in his house, ah, what an influence the church would have.”

“But to be real honest with you, friends, not many women seem to sense the dangers of these things. That is why they dress the way they do. They don’t sense it. Ah, dear husbands and fathers, will you take hold of the responsibility that God has laid upon you? Will you be the anointed priest in the sanctuary? Will you lead out in making your home a holy place?”

Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. – 1 Peter 3:7

“Oh, could a failure to do this result in hindering the answering of prayers? That is what it says. Ah, dear ones, in your homes are there some prayers that haven’t been answered? Maybe this is the secret. Maybe every line in this verse needs to be studied alone and by you two together, and ask God to make it clear and plain to your hearts. And then say, ‘Dear Lord, help us. We are going to carry out the Bible plan of successful married life.'”

“The husband is going to be the head, the leader, the anointed priest in worship, in love, and the husband is going to give honor unto the wife. He is going to show respect to her in the home. The children are never going to hear one unkind word, one disrespectful word from the husband to the wife. The husband and wife are going to learn in the most holy place within the veil, this lesson of blended love, and then they are going to come forth, as is were, into the holy place, with the whole family, the children, in family worship, night and morning, with the light of heaven glowing from their faces. And the light is love, my friends. That is what the light is. The light is love. Oh, I thank God for this.”

I want you to go back to the book of Proverbs. The same man that wrote Song Of Solomon wrote Proverbs. And both the Song Of Solomon and the book of Proverbs have a great many things on this subject of successful married life. I want every one of you to learn the secret.

Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD. – Proverbs 18:22

Where does a wife come from? The right kind comes from the Lord. Look at Proverbs 19:14, the last part:

A prudent wife is from the LORD. – Proverbs 19:14

“Both these texts tell us that the place that a husband gets a good wife is from whom? From the Lord. When I teach a class in preparing for marriage, I try to help young people understand this. And I try to help the young man who is thinking about marriage to understand that God is the one He should go to, to find out, to get a wife. I try to help the young women understand that if they are to fit into the picture, instead of hunting a husband, they need to put themselves in the hands of God, for He is the one that is giving a prudent wife to the young man. Do you see, friends?”

“Now my question. If the unmarried woman is not to be hunting for attention, what about the married woman? Do you think she should be hunting for attention from other men? No.”

Let’s read a statement that might make some ears tingle, but they ought to:

Any woman who will allow the addresses of another man than her husband, who will listen to his advances, and whose ears will be pleased with the outpouring of lavish words of affection, of adoration, of endearment, is an adulteress and a harlot. – Testimonies to Ministers, pg. 434

“If you want to see how the Bible presents it, check these chapters in Proverbs: Proverbs 2:16, 5:3, 6:24, and Proverbs 7:5. All of these, the verse that begins, just follow right on until it changes the subject. Again and again the wise man warns us against the strange woman whose heart, instead of being wrapped up with her husband, is either accepting or seeking the attention of other men.”

“Ah, dear women, God help every one of you to be pure and holy in your deepest heart. Then you will have no interest in the movies of today and most of the TV programs, because they are filled up with flirting and worse, aren’t they? God keep us from it. The home is to be kept pure. It is a what? A sanctuary.”

“In contrast to that, turn to the last chapter of the book of Proverbs, Proverbs 31:10. I think these verses in Proverbs 31 from the tenth verse on to the end of the chapter are some of the most beautiful verses in all the Bible. I hope as I read (I will not read all the verses, but just some selected verses from them) dear husband, that you are pictured here, and I hope dear wife, that you are pictured here”:

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her. … She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. … She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her [saying] Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. – Proverbs 31:10-12, 26-29

“It is a wonderful thing, dear husbands, when these words come from your heart, not as a parrot recites something it heard, but as the deep inward experience of your soul, that you know that you have the best woman in all the world. But how can it be?

“I was preaching in an eastern state… In the course of my sermon, which was on the gift of prophecy in the remnant church, I had occasion to refer to my personal experience, and how much the gift of prophecy had meant for me through the years, and the different things it had helped me with. And I mentioned the matter of the Christian home, and that I appreciated the gift of prophecy, because by studying and listening to it I had found, and had been given the best wife in all the world.”

“Well, as the people were passing out and as I was shaking hands with them, a man shook my hand and said, ‘Young man, I have something to tell you. You don’t have the best wife in all the world. I want you to meet her,’ and he introduced me to his wife. Well, of course, he smiled as he said it. But I ask, friends, seriously, how is it possible that, that dear man in New Jersey could have the best wife in all the world and yet I can have the best wife in all the world too? Is it possible for anyone else? Yes.

I will tell you the secret, dear friends. There is only one person like you. You are an individual. There are no duplicates. It takes a different personality to be the best one for you. Do you see?

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. – Exodus 20:17

“He was seeking to teach us how to be eternally happy. And that is never to reach out after what does not belong to us, but to rejoice in and revel in that which is ours. So in Proverbs 31, we see the happy husband rejoicing in the wife, who to him is one in a thousand, one in a million, one in all the universe, the one and only. That is what every bride experiences, or hopes she experiences, when she is engaged and when she is married. But the good news I bring you in this class, my dear friends, is that that can be more and more and more as the years go by.”

Oh, friends, we sing the song about Jesus, “Sweeter As The Years Go By.” This is God’s plan for every Christian home. If you are not experiencing it, if every year since you were married hasn’t been sweeter than the previous year, you have just been living beneath your privileges. But it does not have to be that way. Every year can be sweeter. May God give each one of you that experience is my prayer, for His name’s sake.

-Continue on to the next study-

_______
* This study has been adapted from classes taken by Elder W.D. Frazee.