Musings From A Musical Mind

Yesterday our pastor spoke on a familiar passage of scripture from Ephesians 5:21-29

“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own 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”

It is a powerful passage that has been abused and misused over the years.  But the point is that – just as we should take up the heart of a servant – like Jesus did for us by his demonstration and example – so husbands and wives should live in submission to each other.

If there is physical and emotional abuse – it should not be tolerated and backed up with the above scripture – as God clearly wants us to live as servants to each other.

As Stephen was talking – something stood out to me.  He said, “Husbands should be spending all of themselves on their wives.”  As a musician, my mind quickly thought of the lyrics where I had heard that terminology before:  Jon McLaughlin – “A Song You Might Hear At A Wedding”.  These song lyrics are powerful and I encourage you to listen to this great song video.  It is the beautiful expression of a man for his wife.  You will love the line “I promise to spend the rest of me on you”.  Powerful and poignant.

When was the last time you spent yourself on someone?  As a husband or wife – do you practice this each day?  Isn’t it about time?


God Bless


Comments on: "Could You Sing This At Your Wedding And Beyond?" (10)

  1. Great verse. Submit is not something that we understand. It’s something that isn’t forced. It’s willingly submitting to the one you love.

  2. Fantastic scripture. One of my favorite. If we men, truly understood what it means to lead our wive’s we would look more Christlike. Now, if you excuse me, I’m going to go “spend myself” on my significant other.

  3. Lately, and this is not an excuse, with insomnia issues and illness, I find I’m very bad at this–spending my life on my wife. I find myself being insular, withdrawn. I’m doing good to get out of bed in the morning.

    That said, I’m very convicted by is, and will due do diligence to give myself up for my wife.

    Thanks for posting this, Cindy!

    • Wow – thanks for your honesty here, Chad – much appreciated! Many men could learn from your example of feeling “convicted”. I’m so glad it helped you and will look forward to a blog in the near future from you on this subject 🙂

  4. So true. This passage has been misquoted and misrepresented by both women’s lib advocates and male chauvinists. It asks wives to submit to their husbands as husbands submit to Christ. Christ would NEVER do anything to hurt us and He doesn’t order us around so this does NOT mean husbands have that right. The Father speaks lovingly to us as He guides and leads and protects us. Somewhere it also says that husbands are to treat wives as their left arm or something…as part of their own body. You’d never intentionally hurt a part of your own body.

  5. This is one of my favorite passages. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most misquoted and misapplied. I like that when one truly reads it, the responsibility is place on the man and it is not a burden. We (men) have a tremendous responsibility to our wives…be willing to give all of us, life included, for and to them. If more read it this way and thought of spending yourself on your spouse, what would families become?
    My morning coffee thought for the day.

    • Eric – I’m feeling so spoiled having you comment again on my post! What a blessing you are! Yes – it is a coffee thought indeed – and I agree – what would our marriages and world look like if every man spent himself on his wife like the song and above passage!

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