“For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive” (Romans 7:2).
Marriage is a crucial choice, one to be made very carefully. It is important to teach our children how to choose the best life partner.
According to the Book of Proverbs, the wife’s duties lay the foundation of the family’s welfare. She shares with her husband the task of teaching wisdom and faith to her children. For that reason, a wife’s character matters even more than her beauty, wealth or even intelligence.
A husband’s role is equally important. He is the head of the family, under God (1 Corinthians 11:3, Ephesians 5:23). His kindness largely determines his wife’s happiness and sense of fulfillment in life. He is directly responsible to God for the way that he treats his wife and the way he disciples and trains his children. His character is more important than his money, brains or looks.
Teach your children not to get sidetracked by someone’s physical beauty or possessions when they are looking for a lifetime partner. Instead they should first consider the man or woman’s attitude toward God and their actions toward others. They should make sure they share the same beliefs in Christ.
Proverbs 31:30 puts it this way, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
Kimberly Snider is a missionary to the Philippines.
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