Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Scriptures on Marriage: Ephesians 5

In Ephesians 5:21-33 we read:
21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

There is a lot to think and talk about in these few verses. One thought goes right to the heart of romance in marriage. The thought is that we should think more of our sweetie then ourselves. Husbands are encouraged to treat their wives as Christ treated the church. He sacrificed everything for it. It was the most important thing. So are our wives. Wives likewise are encourged to submit to and reverence their husbands. Can you think of a more romantic relationship than one where both the husband and wife love each other, respect each other, sacrifice for each other, submit to each other and are truly grateful for each other?
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