The creation of the world was based on divine principles. The Creator set principles that work. He parted or demarcated and partitioned them with night and day. Gen. 8:2. His principles cover that which will make things work for everybody without stepping on one another. The stipulation is that all things must be done decently and in order. Orderliness and decency is discernible in his creation!
Whatever these principles are floated, things go wrong. It does not matter who does it. be it a king, a governor or the President of a nation. When principles are glossed over, things go wrong and everybody suffer for a wrong doing of an individual. Today, nations are under siege, going through war, churches, individuals and family are not exempted. The sin f the leader can be grievous because all his subject will suffer greatly from its wrongs. When leaders choose to place themselves above the law things go upside down and nothing can hold the center anymore until there is a change of attitude, without which peril takes over.
God’s principles are axiom, that is why most nations of the world formed their constitution law based on divine deeds were evil. That is why there are law enforcement agents to uphold the tenets of the constitution but what happen when fire is burning inside the water? How, and what do you use to quench it? It is like the case when the law enforcement agents become lawlessness or spoil their hands and heart with bribe.
People perish when they fail to understand the principles that constituted them. That is why law, and covenant breakers have no future. They will soon fade away to be remembered no more. That is why most people are working under curse. It is a self inflicted curse placed by rebellious attitude towards human and divine principles. If you care to go far in life, take pain to follow principles.
In those days it was a reproach to remain single, man or woman, when you attain to marriageable age, Isaiah 4:1, but today, it is a fashion to remain unmarried or worst still to get married to the people of the same sex. Those who choose to marry are becoming “old school.” That is why men are now getting married to men and women getting married to women. Even several nations of the world are already passing this into law for same sex marriage to have constitutional endorsement. The crusade for this is hotly going on around the world, and the USA is championing in the move, but frankly speaking, it is outright rebellion against God.
Every government that is being run outside the principles of God shall surely crumble. The lawless has no future; the covenant breaker is a pain to the heart, while the disobedient is a threat to the peace of the nation. All men and women are product of a family of husband (man) and wife, (woman). How come another law endorsing same sex? Is it to control birthrate or to exercise a God-given freedom? Whatever it is, it is against the principle of creation and the author of marriage. Hence this chapter focuses on the principles with which to run a home of a man and a woman. But then the question comes to mind: what is principle?
Definition of Principle
According to the BBC English Dictionary, “principle is a belief that you have about the way you should behave.” The Bible is the constitution that gives you tutorial on what you believe. Therefore this writer will expose you to three principles that will guide you in the running of your family, namely: the Principle of the Shema, Deut. 6:4-9 or call it agape for the New Testament believer, The principle of Reciprocal, the golden rule and the Principle of Consistency.
The Principle of the Shema Deuteronomy 6:4-9
This principle is one inside of which all other principles exist. If these principles are to be written and published, it will be in volumes of books, but in divine magnanimity, the whole of God’s principles is summarized into one principle!
The Shema is the magna carter of Hebrews faith in Yahweh, a guiding principle for divine relationship which give a dictate to man’s relationship. It is summarized in the New Testament as agape or love. However this love must not be equated with philia, or eros type of love.
When the Psalmist says: “if I forget Jerusalem… let my tongue slick to the roof of my mouth.” He was making an allusion to the Shema. Christ Jesus in his interaction with Jews reminded them of the Shema as the premier and the last of the law or principle of God in Mark 12:28-30:
28One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
If any Jew fails to practice the Shema, he knows he’s already doomed before man and God in fact he may be stoned to death. The principle of Shema is primarily a requirement to love God wholistically. Nothing is to be held back. Everything and anything belongs to God. It does not end there, it flows and culminates in the second law that you must love your neighbor as yourself. How do you love self? You care for it with all your resources. So do likewise to your neighbor. In this case your neighbor begins with closest person to you and that is your spouse. Love to the spouse must be unalloyed. It is a principle of the author of marriage. Nothing must be held back. The wife has nothing which does not belong to the husband, and the husband has nothing which does not belong to the wife! How come then do we have spouses who have properties unknown to their partners or worst still, a spouse stealing from family resources, feeding the home with detestable meals, yet having great treasure outside, and is also ostentatious in displaying wealth when it comes to public spending?
God’s principle number one to run the home is that a spouse must “love her partner with the heart of his heart, all the soul of his soul, with all the mind of his mind and all the strength of his strength. In other word, if there is anything that makes you up as a person, pour everything into loving your spouse. That is the law. Anything less than that will produce pain, and decisive headache for both of them. That is why there is inherent unresoluable conflicts in some homes today.
The heart is the sit of all emotion. The engine room, the tower, the rudder, the compass, the steering that gives direction to lead to a destination. Inability to keep this instrument, the heart can be the root of failure, backwardness, setback and oppression. The devil is 24/7 working on the heart to mislead the heart against God. That is his mission. That is why Paul says, “the flesh and the Spirit are in constant warfare, so you will not be able to do what you wish to do in following after God.” The only mechanism or instrument to put your heart in control under God is to use the word of God and follow its principles.
The soul is not a separate entity from the heart. It is rather a product of the heart. The soul of a man speaks of the person of man and the content thereof in terms of the dictates of his destiny and creaturedness.
The mind is the sit where man receives promptness for the rationale behind what he does, says, goes and generally his attitude about anything is determined by his mindset.
The principle of Shema was practicalise via Jesus as he exemplified in the love of God so much that he count not on his own worth. He became a servant, even when he is God! He obeyed rules and regulations of man and God to the effect that he chose to die, for the position he took to stand in the place of sinner. Since the principle says the soul that sinneth shall die, so he must die because he chose to stand for sinners. Even in death he committed his soul/spirit back to God in save keeping! There are several crises in homes today, because hardly do we have a spouse who want to “kill” his/her ambition for spouse let alone dying for him/her. Christ practiced the Shema with all of his heart. Every spouse must die for his partner if marriage will work. The result of spouse who refuses to die will be pain, retrogression and unfulfilment. That will lead us to the principle of reciprocal.
The Reciprocal Principle
This principle is not far-fetched. If your spouse died to you, you have the responsibility to die also that is when they will appreciate marriage. However if your spouse refuses to die you must die to fulfill divine law and to clear your conscience, because every man shall appear separately before the judgement sit of Christ to give account of his/her self. Couples will not stand in judgement. Individual will do. If your spouse died to you and you refuse to die, it shall be a war. That is why we have different stories of stories among couples ranging from divorce, hate, assassination, poisoning, murder etc. among couples.
That is why the golden rule is important for our consideration. “Do unto others what you will have them do to you.”