Marriage is a covenant relationship between one man and one woman who are pursuing Christ together so that the Gospel is proclaimed. There is an adventure in a marriage that keeps the gospel in focus. When our hearts our connected, everything else improves. Marriage is the image God chose to reflect Christ and the Church.
We are only as strong as our states, which are only as strong as our cities, which are only as strong as our churches, which are only as strong as our marriages, which are only as strong as the men who lead them. It starts at HOME, and your marriage make a huge difference.
Ephesians 5:21-32 shows us how marriage is a reflection of Christ and the Church.
"Wives, submit to your husbands, as to the Lord." This use of the word "submit" mean s a voluntary acceptance that is "ordered under". It does not mean "less valuable, but instead an important role to play." Wives typically do not have a problem submitting when loved the way the text says to love. Jesus set the pattern for submission as He willingly submitted to the Father's will.
Paul is calling wives to submit to husbands...not men. When done properly, wives reflect Christ to a world that needs that relationship.
Ephesians 5:25 says, "Husbands love your wives...". Husbands are to love their wives so much that she will never go looking anywhere else. This type of love is a choice for the man. Christ loved the church so much that He gave His life for it.
Men are called to care for the spiritual health of their wives. Unfortunately, too often the women are more concerned about the spiritual maturity of their husbands. Men demonstrate Christ in their leadership.
God wants to use you for the sake of the gospel. Your marriage matters! If you are struggling, get help! God can rebuild anything!
To Discuss Today:
Men are challenged to do these things each day this week:
1. Ask, "Is there anything I can do for you today?"
2. Pray each day that God would show you practical ways to love, nourish, and cherish her.
3. Text her once/day "I love you because..."
Women are challenged to do these things each day this week:
1. Focus on his strengths rather than his weaknesses.
2. Pray each day for him to "be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like a man, to be strong, and to love well.
3. Text him once/day "I love and respect you because..."
Please feel free to call or email your thoughts each week!