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Marriage – A God Given Institution

Ephesians 5:22

Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.

IMG_0301Marriage! Marriage is a God given institution between a man and a woman. It takes work and effort. It is not simply find a mate and marry and you’ll live happily ever after.  Serving the Lord needs to be at the center of your marriage if it is to be pleasing to God. We’ve seen some Biblical instructions about marriage and the marriage relationship. Today I want to write about a verse on submission that often gets bad press.

We’ve all read the following passage – related to submission.  Ephesians 5:22 – Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.  Men have this one memorized and fail to read the verse before and those that come after it.  Husbands often think very wrongly about what submission in marriage means.

The passage before this last one says something a little more complete.  Ephesians 5:21 – Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.  Most forget this one as they focus on the verse that follows.

Another part of this teaching on marriage that is often overlooked – comes a few verses later.  Ephesians 5:25-28 – 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 

Submission is a willingly offered gift. In my experience, a woman who feels loved, protected, cherished, and honored will not have an issue with submission. A partner who realizes that their partner has the best interest of the family or the partnership at heart will have little problem yielding in the few circumstances of life where mutual agreement cannot be reached.  A husband who loves his wife as Christ loved the church is one to be cherished and treasured.

In my married life of nearly 35 years I can only name a handful (that would be five or less) of times when I made a decision that was not a mutual decision between myself and my partner, my bride. It doesn’t happen daily folks or even often.

Marriage is an institution created and designed by God and it takes a deep relationship with God to make it work the way it was designed.  I’d love some debate on this subject.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

 

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February 25, 2015 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , ,

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