Over the years I have learned, along with most of you, that the beginning of a new year is a very natural time for reflection and for evaluation of the past year and what was accomplished and what was not. For re-thinking our priorities and determining if and how we should change direction and re-set our goals and objectives for the coming year. It seems prudent for those of us who are disciples of Jesus Christ, to reflect on what we have learned and to hold “the Light of Christ” upon our efforts to walk after Him and ask Him to help us to be more faithful to Him and to His word, to empower us to love Him with a deeper love and to be conformed to Him in our daily walk for 2008.
As I have endeavored to be faithful in sending out this weekly email to the married couples that I know and have come to care deeply about, it seems appropriate and fitting that we look together at one of the most challenging and convicting passages on marriage in the Bible.
I encourage you to think deeply about these words from the Lord and ask Him to help you understand His purpose for your marriage.
Ephesians Chapter 5: 17-33
Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.
What powerful words to shine on our lives. How well does our home reflect this passage? Do we understand the Lord’s will, do we seek the Lord’s will? What is the atmosphere and spirit of our home, is it a place of singing, joy, and thankfulness for all things? Is it a place where we are under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and submitted to Him and to one another ?
Marriage–Christ and the Church
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Please read this awesome description of the Christian Marriage covenant, and contemplate how this should impact your lives as you consider (the church’s) relationship to Christ. How do we reflect Him in our homes and in our responses to one another. How do we show God’s unconditional love and respect for Him and for one another.
Love in Jesus