Submit, Serve, Love, & Respect

As Pastor Brian shared this weekend, the more you do to submit, serve, love, and respect your spouse—the healthier and better your marriage will be—Bottom Line.

 

READ EPHESIANS 5:21-33

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. ”This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

 

 

REFLECTION
If you are married, how are you submitting, serving, loving, and respecting your spouse today? Married or unmarried, how are you submitting, serving, loving, and respecting others in your world today, even when it’s tough?

 

PRAYER
As you pray, ask God to reveal ways you can submit, serve, love, and respect your spouse and/or those around you, better. Ask God to strengthen and bless your marriage so you can be a greater reflection of his love for the Church. Please continue to pray for your two for ten.

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