BUSY, BUSY, BUSY
We are a busy group of people. We are perhaps busier than any generation before us and busier than any generation that shall come after us. There is so much to do and so little time in which to get it done. These are busy days!
Fathers have a double duty. As the head of the house they have the obligation of providing material needs and spiritual needs. "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" (1 Timothy 5:8). Also, on the other hand: "And, ye fathers, provoke notyour children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4). So, Fathers, you have the obligation to be busy. If these fathers didn't want this responsibility, then they shouldn't have taken it on in the first place, but since they did, do it heartily. You are going to have to get your priorities straight.
Ladies, if you are older, you have the double responsibility of being a good example of the right kind of homemaker and then "admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed" (NKJ Titus 2:4-5). So, the older women and the younger ones have a busy schedule.
Love is a two-way street. If husbands love their wives as the Lord tells them to, they will share in her duties of home care and the wife will share in the responsibility of "bringing them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." And if they both love the Lord as they ought and have their priorities straight, they will not busy themselves with so much that they do not have time to serve Him.
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