By Oscar M. Baker
[To begin this article, the very important key point from the last one of the same title, will be repeated.]
And so in the case of husbands and wives; husbands are to love their wives, and wives are to obey their own husbands (not the priest or preacher or anybody else) that is a close relationship.
We're living in a day in which there is so much greed and fleshly things, all of that, that these relationships are about forgotten in many circles. Oh yes, we have them here and there, wonderful examples, but you don't find them out in public places particularly, and you don't find them in the sports column or entertainment section. And you don't necessarily find them in church, because a lot of church people are simply fleshly. So don't expect anybody to be spiritual and have all of these things (as in Proverbs 31:10-31, and so on) simply because he belongs to a church. That isn't enough, he has to belong to Christ. And in Christ we are able to do all these things that we have been talking about.
I'm rambling, I know, but these things are so important, and in my experience I have found them very satisfying. In fact I can rejoice now, even though I have lost Mae, because I have something yet. I have memories, good memories of things. I have the results of her labors, and so can rejoice. I was just thinking a few days ago about some of the problems we had and how easily we got heads together, and agreed, and solved the problems -- problems that were more easily solved by two than by one. And that is true in the family. Husband and wife should have their conferences together, put their heads together, and come to an agreement about things, and decide just how to carry them out. And they will find with a little practice at that, things will go smoother, and that they will have more joy! So let's see then if we can get ourselves and others to do these things, “that we might be to the praise of His glory.” These things are important in the sight of God.
[This concludes the TFT tape recorded by Mr. Baker on 5-15-86. On it were these topics: “Proverbs 31:10-31, The Virtuous Women”, “Ephesians One Highlights”, and “Final Remarks”. The other side of this tape was recorded at the funeral of Mae Baker, 4-19-86. Mr. Baker gave that day one of his most memorable and heartfelt messages on, “Mae's Testimony and Life”. He opened with the following remarks.] I took this position today because I wanted Mae to speak to you, and this is the only way I could do it. She has always been a quiet helper, in the background, always ready to talk and sympathize with people..