A Father’s Advice

1 Peter 3: 7 You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered. 8 To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; 9 not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing. (NASB)
My dad gave me a piece of advice this week. We were talking on the phone, because this past Sunday was the first time we had a mother’s day without a mom. Our conversation was short but meaningful. He usually would say goodbye with a few words of advice. Sometimes he would say: “Take care of your money” other times he would say “be safe and take care of your family,” and other times he would say, “Take care of your job.” None of those words hit me harder than this week when he said to me, “Take care of your wife while you still have her.” He has felt regret, guilt and pain knowing that he wasn’t the best husband to his wife. There were many things that he confessed that he regretted. The one thing that pains him the most is that he didn’t love his wife everyday the way God asked him.
I know we are not perfect; I know we can’t do everything well everyday. If we focus, we can fulfill this commandment for our well being and for the well being of others. Also, by doing that, we will be pleasing God. Love your wives and live with them in an understanding way. That is our father’s advice.