Are You Respecting Your Wife or Husband?
Ephesians 5:22-33, Hebrews 10:10, Titus 3:5-7, 1 Corinthians 6:15
October 18, 2015
Points to Ponder
- A wife must submit to her husband with Christian love (Ephesians 5:22-24).
- A husband must love his wife as Christ loves us so she will shine with the love of Christ in her heart (Ephesians 5:25).
- A husband must be willing to sacrifice himself for his wife as Christ did for the church to reconcile us to God (Ephesians 5:26-27, Hebrews 10:10, Titus 3:5-7).
- The husband has the responsibility to lead, serve and guide the family so they may enjoy the fruits of Christ’s labor (Ephesians 5:28-29).
- A husband must treat his wife with dignity and respect (Ephesians 5:30, 1 Corinthians 6:15).
- The husband and wife must be united as one but retain their own personality and identity (Ephesians 5:31).
- The husband and wife must persevere with love and respect towards one another regardless of the difficulties they face. (Ephesians 5:32-33).
Something to Consider
Often times there is a misinterpretation of the meaning of the Biblical passage “Wife submit to your Husband”. When you read the entire text, you realize that God expects the husband to apply Godly principles in the relationship with his wife. God does not control us but he has given us a free will. Jesus demonstrated his love by serving mankind. He gave us unconditional love in spite of our sinful nature. He was totally committed to bringing salvation to us through His death on the cross. If a husband loves his wife in this way, she will willingly submit to him, just like the church submit to God.
Therefore, it’s essential for the husband to set an example by serving his wife and family. Here are the best methods for both spouses to utilize in their relationship:
- Know the love of Christ
- Provide unconditional love
- Respect each other
- Listen intently
- Spend time together
- Agree to disagree
- Provide spiritual guidance to the family.
The husband and wife should understand each other’s uniqueness and personality which should complement the relationship. Their priority should be to show Christ’s likeness in the marriage. They must not allow poverty, wealth, anger, lust resentment, bitterness, nor selfishness to destroy their love and commitment they have towards each other. Husbands should lead (God’s design) by Christ’s example and not by dictatorship.
(c) 2015 Billy J. Strawter Sr.