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?
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