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Seeing Marriage Clearly | Ephesians 5:22-32

As Paul was in prison, he wrote a letter to the Church of Ephesus, encouraging the believers to function as the living body of Christ here on earth. He wrote to encourage women, children, and slaves to submit to the head of the family. In this letter, he counseled all believers to submit to one another by choice. This kind of mutual submission secures harmonious order in the family while increasing love and respect among family members. Today’s passage is specific to marriage where submitting to and serving one another is paralleled to Christ and His church.

Marriage is a union that some people view as a romantic fusion of souls and bodies, an opportunity to spend the rest of their life with their best friend. Yet others may view it as a responsibility or a chore where they have lost all freedom. Our culture has done a good job of devaluing the true meaning and purpose of marriage. God’s design for marriage is so much richer and deeper than any of these perspectives. God designed marriage to be sacred, a word that seems foreign to our society today. The marital bond between a man and woman creates an ideal environment for growth, maturing, and lessons in holiness. Failing to recognize God’s plan for marriage, however, can lead to a deep brokenness where pain, frustration, self-centeredness, and even loneliness can manifest. God created us for relationship with Himself and others. What makes marriage unique is that it showcases God’s desire for a covenant and a deep intimate relationship between Him and us.

In Ephesians 5:25 we read :
“ Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her …”

When we as a husbands, wives, family and the church are willing to serve and sacrifice for each other like Christ did for us, we will witness changed lives. Christ set the example, gave us the command and empowered us to be the Church by serving and sacrificing for one another as He did for us. 

How will you follow Christ model by serving and sacrificing for others this week?

Posted by Jim Booth with