Instructions for Christian Marriage
Daily Bible Reading – Ephesians 5,6; Psalm 119:1-80
Today’s Key Passage – Ephesians 5:22-33
Submitting to another person is often a misunderstood concept. In the past, some people have taken today’s key passage out of context or misused it, causing the idea of submission to take on a negative connotation. There is no denying that Paul indeed said that wives should submit to their husbands as the head of the household. (5:22-23) However, the part of this passage that is often forgotten about is the instructions Paul gives to husbands. Marriage is a two way street. Both parties have to submit to each other in different ways to make a marriage work and to keep both people happy. Taking one of these instructions out of context while dismissing the other causes more harm than good. For example, if a wife submits to her husband, but the husband is not loving his wife as he loves himself and is not putting her first above all of his needs, the marriage is going to have problems. Likewise, if the husband is putting his wife first in everything he does and truly loving her every single day but the wife is not allowing him to be the spiritual head of the household, the marriage is going to have problems. Paul is telling us that both of these things should happen in a happy marriage. Men should take on the responsibility of being the spiritual leader in the home. Husbands should be helping their wives in their walk with Christ, and wives should allow their husbands to take on this role and to follow him. Husbands should also love and serve their wives above everything else. Just as Jesus washed the feet of the disciples in an act of service to them, so should the husband serve the wife. If both people in the marriage relationship are submitting to one another in these ways, then the idea of submission is not negative at all. Submitting to one another is simply an act of love.
Think back over the times of strife in your marriage. If you are anything like me, most arguments and moments of division can be traced back to either the husband or the wife or both failing to submit to the other person. For the wives who are reading this, allow your husbands to lead and submit to them. For the husbands who are reading this, remember that you have died to yourself and you now live for your wife. Put her needs first in everything that you do. Make her the center of your universe and serve her as you would serve the Lord. You must take on the responsibility of being the spiritual leader in the home and ensuring that your household is serving Christ and living for Him. To both husbands and wives, remember that submission is not a bad thing. Submit to each other in a loving environment and watch as your marriage gets stronger as the two of you walk together with Jesus Christ.
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Posted on December 5, 2013, in 10 - Ephesians and tagged Bible, Christian, Conflict, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Family, God, Godly Living, Jesus, Love, Religion. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.