I hope this letter finds you doing well and growing in your relationship with God. Last time we spoke, we talked about being in the word of God. I want to encourage you to keep up your commitment to reading the scripture. Along those lines please read the scripture passage I have enclosed. This week I want to share with you what the Bible says about being the husband of one wife and how to best prepare yourself to lead in your marriage one day.
This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you– if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. (Titus 1:5-8)
I know that this passage deals primarily with appointing pastors and elders, but think with me for a moment. Do we expect more of our pastors than we do of our people? Is it right for a believer who is not the pastor to be sleeping around, getting drunk, quick tempered, rearing children that hate God, greedy, and undisciplined? No! We expect Christians to act like Christians and we expect our pastors to model the Christian life. (As a pastor I pray that you have seen Christ modeled in my life along the way.) So while this passage is about pastors… It also out a picture of what a mature Christian man looks like. That being said, you are to aspire to be a mature man in Christ.
So now what about that “husband of one wife” phrase? How doe that apply to you as an unmarried man?
The idea being communicated in the text is that of “a one-woman man.” How does a single man make sure that he is a one woman man? … You guard yourself from craving of soliciting the attention of a plurality of women. In short, if you like a young woman, tell her. It doesn’t have to be awkward, but it is important to define the relationship sooner rather than later. If you don’t, you may end up leading someone on. If you aren’t interested in marrying a young woman, don’t flirt with her. If you think that she likes you and you don’t like her, remind her (and act towards her) that you are just friends.
I remember early late in college around the age of 21, I found myself newly single and eager to share my insights on life with anyone of the female persuasion who would listen. Little did I know that I was leading people on more than I had planned. All the girls I had been “flirting” with told the one girl I really liked that I flirted with everyone and I got dumped before the relationship ever began. In the long run it ended up working out well for me in that I sobered up to how I was leading some young women on, learned more about biblical manhood and womanhood and was careful to define relationships. I hope to spare you some bumps and bruises along the way by weighing this scripture and my advice.
Are you living like a one woman man? Are you leading anyone on? Remember sometimes women can put more stock in a friendship than we do. Is there a relationship that you need to define?