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Hammer Of Love

“Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?”

Jeremiah 23: 29 King James Version

I was addressing an envelope to a very dear friend who lives on Hammer Lane and this verse came to my mind. When Jesus hammers at the rocks of bitterness, unforgiveness and hatred in our hearts, it hurts a lot but He does it because He Loves us and wants us to live a victorious life.

There are times when we allow our hearts to become cold and indifferent to our families and loved ones because of the cruel words they have said to us and the things they have done to us. We must always remember that it takes two people to disagree, and it takes two people to agree. There are always two sides to every argument.

We women sometimes find it very difficult to submit to our husbands as Jesus has told us to do. I think one of the reasons is because of the way our husbands treat us. All of us are to submit to the Authority of Jesus. However, if He were to treat us with harshness and critical words, I think we would not love Him like we should.

Jesus wants us to submit to His Authority, but He wants us to do it out of love for Him so He sets the example by treating us with Love. Husbands, you need to understand that you will give an account to God for the way that you treat your wife; for the harsh and critical words you say to her. If you want your wife to submit to you in a loving manner, then you need to treat her with love and gentleness. Wives, if your husbands are treating you with harshness and criticism, pray for them as only Jesus can change a heart. If you constantly nag your husbands, that will turn them away from Jesus, rather than to Him.

Allow Jesus to hammer His Love into your heart and life. He will give you a Peace that you have never known. When we are firmly anchored in Jesus, all hell can come against us and we can stand secure in the assurance that He will protect us.

Parents, do not hammer out orders to your children without first setting the example. If you want your children to respect others and treat them with kindness, then you need to show respect and kindness to people. Children can sense if their parents love each other. Please let your children see you being kind to your spouse. If you want your children to have good manners and say please and thank you, then you need to say please and thank you to your spouse and to your children.

Wives, if you feel like your husbands are not as attentive to you as they used to be, search your hearts and see if maybe you might not be as attentive to them as you were at one time. I’m reminded of the woman who said to her husband one time as they were in their car and driving down the street “We don’t sit close to each other any more”. The husband replied “I haven’t moved”.

If you feel Jesus is not as close to you as He used to be, remember He hasn’t moved. Let’s start hammering love into the hearts of the people we love instead of hammering criticism and sarcasm. We need to realize and remember that when we hurt people, we hurt the Heart of Jesus.

Joanne Lowe
March 31, 2006

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