Who Beat Up Your Husband Today?

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I was thinking about this story…

Luke 10:29-37 “Story of the Good Samaritan”

30 Jesus replied with an illustration: “A Jewish man was traveling on a trip from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes and money, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.

31 “By chance a Jewish priest came along; but when he saw the man
lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by.

32 A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.

33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt deep pity.

34 Kneeling beside him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with medicine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him.

35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two pieces of silver and told
him to take care of the man. ‘If his bill runs higher than that,’ he said, ‘I’ll pay the difference the next time I am here.’

36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.

37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”

Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.” NLT

We always think of this in regards to our neighbor… or as someone who lives OUTside of our home. But humor me and consider that this Jewish man could represent our husband.

We know that the Jewish people and the Samaritans were enemies, but unfortunately some of our homes can feel like war zones too.

The Jewish man was beat up, stripped of all he had and left for dead.

I would venture to say that some of our husbands are feeling just that way after being out in this world today. With the job situations, the economy and so many other variables…many men are feeling “beat up” by their world.

I believe the enemy of our souls is hell-bent at destroying homes. He doesn’t care what weapon he uses, he just wants to demolish the family (period).

Our husbands are on the front line.

I encourage you as a wife to take the time to tend to your husband’s needs.

Be the Good Samaritan right in your own home.

Sooth the wounds.

Show mercy.

Help bring healing.

Strengthen your family.

Our husband is our neighbor too.

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Comments

  1. slochner1 says:
  2. Oh Sue….how true and how beautifully written. It is so easy to forget sometimes but our ministry starts at home.

  3. Gezz, sometimes how do we see the forest thru the tree's. I would have not seen this concept until you pointed it out. You are so correct with this train of thought. Hubby does come home and use's me as a sounding board about "Work" granted I have NO IDEA what he is talking about, I sit there and listen intently and let him go, nodding my head in the right places, asking timely questions, and when he is done, I usually give him a hug and tell him it will be ok. I really should do this MORE and not just when I sense he had a tough day….I need to learn more mercy….

  4. I agree with the prior comment, "so true and so how beautifully written". Thank you for this. Gives me much to ponder today.

  5. I had never thought of this passage in that way… amazing. GREAT Word for me today!!

    Thanks Sue! You are such a blessing!!
    Karen

  6. This was such a good post and reminder that our husbands do need us to be aware of what they are facing each day out in the world. Your posts are always a blessing. 🙂

    Jennifer

  7. This is a strong post. Truly a great reminder. Sharing it with others right now! Great job in this one, Sue!

  8. As a husband, can I just tell you what soothing music that is? There are times that I come home and I am so stressed out and on edge. I hate it when that leaks out and becomes poison to my wife and children, and I try so hard to keep what's happening in the world and what's reflected in my home separate … but there are times that the calming touch of my spouse can drive the poison away and keep it from infecting our home. Well, the Holy Spirit can, through my wife. If, on the other hand, I come home and there's new, additional stressors, there are times I just spiral and I know that Satan is at work… Thanks for your great perspective on this story that we all know so well … or do we?

  9. Priscilla Prince says:

    It's also nice to meet you 🙂 I appreciate you visiting my devotional blog. I hope and pray it would be an encouragement and that God would be glorified. Thank you for writing about ministry that starts at home. After becoming widowed at age 24 and remarrying after 5 years, I learned from past marriage experience. When I first got married at 21 I made many mistakes in our relationship. I prayed that if and when God decides to give me a chance to remarry I'd love wholeheartedly without taking him for granted, respect my spouse, and serve him…That I'd seek to be a wife the Lord intends me to be. Now that I'm married again, it's easy to forget lessons learned, yet I realized marriage is also ministry and God wants us to love and submit to one another. Thanks for your post, it's a great reminder. The Lord bless you!

  10. Priscilla Prince says:

    It's also nice to meet you I appreciate you visiting my devotional blog. I hope and pray it would be an encouragement and that God would be glorified. Thank you for writing about ministry that starts at home. After becoming widowed at age 24 and remarrying after 5 years, I learned from past marriage experience. When I first got married at 21 I made many mistakes in our relationship. I prayed that if and when God decides to give me a chance to remarry I'd love wholeheartedly without taking him for granted, respect my spouse, and serve him…That I'd seek to be a wife the Lord intends me to be. Now that I'm married again, it's easy to forget lessons learned, yet I realized marriage is also ministry and God wants us to love and submit to one another. Thanks for your post, it's a great reminder. The Lord bless you!

    My recent post Worship Him All Creation!

  11. Oh, Sue…
    I so missed reading your inspiring (and sometimes VERY challenging & convicting) posts.
    Thanks for sharing your heart.
    You make me smile,
    Mary~Alan
    (Formerly Mustard Seeds)
    My recent post A Parent's Prayer…

  12. what a great take on this story! i'm so glad i came across this blog… thanks for sharing!

    blessings,
    Jenna
    My recent post Captivate Your Husband

  13. Thanks Jenna!  

  14. Thanks Priscilla! Just getting to some older email, sorry! Sue Praising Him, Sue Cramer Praise and Coffee Praise and Coffee Nights

  15. Thanks for a guys response Rob! Sorry, I’m just getting to older email! Sue Praising Him, Sue Cramer Praise and Coffee Praise and Coffee Nights

  16. Thanks friend! Sorry, just getting to older email… Love, Sue Praising Him, Sue Cramer Praise and Coffee Praise and Coffee Nights