My daughter came home from school one day with an interesting story about her teacher. Long story short, the teacher used to sleep with a gun by their side while her husband slept close to a bat. In response to a serious threat, they were fiercely protecting their children. After she finished her story, I looked over at my daughter and said, "Well, honey, a mama bear will go to great lengths to protect her cubs."
Mama bears are affectionate, protective, nurturing, and strict, but if they sense that their cubs are in danger, look out -- they're fierce.
After 22 years of raising children I've seen it in action time and again. You don't mess with someone's kid on the playground unless you want to spend time with their mom in the principles office.
Unfortunately, what we're not seeing enough of are couples protecting their marriage as fiercely as they would their kids.
I've seen countless women who are affectionate, protective, and nurturing mothers, but I've also seen many women step out of their marriage because it simply wasn't fulfilling their needs.
I'm not talking about abusive relationships here, that's an issue that needs to be reported and dealt with wisely.
What I am talking about today is a husband and wife's responsibility to protect their marriage from harm, and in some cases protect it from their own selfish desire and pride.
Titus 2:5 tells women to be good "keepers" of their home.
The word keeper there is, oikourgos (Strong's G3626) in the Greek translation. It's a compound word formed from the root words, oikos (Strong's G3624) house, and ouros – to guard or be ware.