The Perfect Mate (2 of 4) by Jeff Strite

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The Perfect Mate (2 of 4)
Series: Love and Marriage
Jeff Strite
Ephesians 4:17-5:5

I read some time ago that a panel of women debated on who they thought was the perfect man. You'd have thought it might be famous actor or wealthy tycoon. But the final conclusion of this panel was that the Perfect Man was actually....MR. POTATO HEAD.
Their reasoning: He's tan. He's cute. He knows the importance of accessorizing. And if he looks at another girl, you can rearrange his face.

APPLY: Last week, we talked about having God help us find the perfect mate. This week, we're going to talk about something even more important than FINDING the right mate.
What could be more important than finding the right person? BEING the right person. In fact, as far as God is concerned, it's more important that YOU be the ''perfect mate'' than for you to find the perfect mate.

I. Consider: In the book of Proverbs, we find Solomon counseling his son on life.
He talks to his son about the importance of trusting God, listening to his parents, and respecting others. Solomon advises his son on finances, honesty, hard work and moral purity. Mostly it's a book of do's and don'ts. In other words, if you want to be wise: Do these good things and don't do those bad things.

BUT right in the middle of this listing of what his son should do to be wise, we find these curious comments:
Proverbs 21:19 Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.
Proverbs 25:24 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
Proverbs 15:17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred.
Proverbs 17:1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.

Now, why would Solomon tell his son these things? Was it like some joke, between men, about crabby women?

ILLUS: Kind of like the joke about the man who had just celebrated his golden wedding anniversary. A reporter who was ...


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