by Jim Henry

Jim Henry, Pastor
“Husbands - Velvet Steel”
I Timothy 5:8

We know that it’s very difficult for marriages to work today. It’s difficult enough because of the very nature of man... that nature that’s within man and woman... the basis of pride that seeks one to overthrow the other rather than be submissive one to another as the Scriptures teach. Our society is against marriages working. Nearly everything we hear and see is against the marriage being a permanent relationship.

Our society has gone from one that has cherished one man for one woman for life to the opposite extreme, in which it has made fun and ridiculed the marriage relationship as a permanent relationship. That’s why we’re doing everything we can as a Christian fellowship to instill in our young people and those that we counsel to marriage to place and plant their lives with a permanent commitment to the Lordship of Christ and to each other for life.

If a man loves his wife as Christ loved the church, then he will have at least two characteristics about himself. He will be known as a velvet steel man. Abraham Lincoln was once called the “man of velvet steel” because he had principles that made him like steel in his resolve to do the right thing, but he had a compassionate and considerate heart that made him as velvet, so he was called the man of velvet steel. I believe that God expects every man to be a man of velvet steel. How do we get to be that way? We do not do it of our own nature. We do not do it unless we’re taught by the Word of God and submit ourselves to God. Let’s look at three ways that we become responsible husbands by becoming men of velvet steel.

I. The Husband As Provider

First of all, we become providers for our family. I Timothy 5:8:
If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

The man is to be the provider of the house, if physically possible. Why? So ...

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