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Joseph: "The Difference Between A Man And A Husband".

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Every husband is a man but it's not every man that is a husband (or a good husband). Just as it is not every woman that will make a (good) wife, so also, it is not every man that will make a husband (or a good husband).

It is the desire of most women (if not all), to marry a real husband not just a man, just as it is the desire of most men (if not all), to marry a wife and not just a woman.

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The story of Joseph, in the Bible, gives us an idea of who a husband truly is and some of the qualities that a (good) husband should possess.

The Bible in Matthew 2:13-14 says,

13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt.

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From the Bible passage above, some of the qualities that a husband should possess include:


1. A Good Relationship With God

The Bible tells us that an Angel of the LORD appeared to Joseph in a dream. This is a pointer to the fact that Joseph had a good relationship with God for God to maintain communication with him. This wasn't the only time. Matthew 1:19-20.

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2. A Husband Protects His Wife And Family

The Bible tells us in Matthew 2:14, that after Joseph was instructed by the Angel to take his wife and child to Egypt to protect them from Herod, he did so, and immediately too.

Joseph did not protect his child alone, he also did not protect his wife alone, he protected them both. A husband protects his entire family, but a man may not protect everybody in the family.

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3. Self Discipline And Self Control

Joseph was discipline enough to act immediately as instructed by the Angel of the LORD in his dream. Matthew 2:14.

In Matthew 1:24-25, he exercised great self discipline and self control not to have any sexual intercourse with Mary until she gave birth to Jesus, after the Angel of the LORD told him the nature of Mary's pregnancy, and the nature of the child that Mary was going to give birth to.

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4. A Husband Should Be Just And Fair

In Matthew 1:18-19, Joseph suddenly discovered that his wife to be was pregnant. It's a big situation, but Joseph exercised fairness as a just man that he was. He decided to separate from her privately, without making any show of her so as not to ridicule her. How many men would act this way?

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5. A Husband Must Listen, Then Act

As recorded in the Bible, every time God spoke to Joseph, he knew and obeyed. A husband must have listening ears and an obedient heart, that is willing to listen to godly counsel and act accordingly. This godly counsel could come from God directly through dream, from the Bible, or indirectly, through people who give godly counsel. A husband is expected to listen, pick the godly wisdom in such godly counsel and act accordingly.

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6. A Husband Should Be Peaceful 

From Joseph's account in the Bible, it can be deduced that he was a peaceful man. When he found out that his espoused wife, Mary was pregnant, he didn't make any trouble out of it, rather, he decided to put her away quietly. A real husband is a man of peace.


Finally, it takes a real man to become a real husband but it does not take much to be just a man. Which are you? A man or a husband? As a lady/woman, will just a man be enough for you?

God bless you.


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