How to Have a Submissive Wife and Other Tall Tales
Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: How to have a submissive wife and other tall tales!
We continue this week with our series, “How to Have a Submissive Wife and Other Tall Tales.” We will continue with the Ephesians 5:21-33 and its impact upon the marriage relationship. However, each week we are also discovering deeper spiritual principles which will help us in all of our relationships. The first biblical principle is: “Subjection leads to exaltation.” When we choose to follow the example of Jesus, who subjected himself to death on a cross, then we will find greater spiritual strength in our daily living. Not only do we find spiritual strength, but also, we find deeper meaning and greater purpose. The second biblical principle is, “take care of planks before specks.” We must engage in self-examination and seek to manage the “plank” in our eyes before we can help a brother or sister with the sawdust in their eyes. This week, as we look at Ephesians 5:21-33, our goal is to love in the same manner that Jesus loved us. Husbands are challenged to love their wives as “Christ loved the church and gave himself for her.” This is truly a tall order! This scripture helps us all to find and share a greater love. As you read this passage, let it challenge you to follow Jesus Christ and to love one another as Christ has loved all of us. Again, we are using The Message translation of Ephesians 5:21-33 to give us greater insight to our text. Ephesians 5:21-33:Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another. Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing. So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands. Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They’re really doing themselves a favor—since they’re already “one” in marriage. No one abuses his own body, does he? No, he feeds and pampers it. That’s how Christ treats us, the church, since we are part of his body. And this is why a man leaves father and mother and cherishes his wife. No longer two, they become “one flesh.” This is a huge mystery, and I don’t pretend to understand it all. What is clearest to me is the way Christ treats the church. And this provides a good picture of how each husband is to treat his wife, loving himself in loving her, and how each wife is to honor her husband. (MSG)