Though many couples struggle to survive, marriage doesn't have to be a soap opera. Surely there can be plenty of drama when two sinners attempt to love one another for a lifetime, but drama is not all bad. In the great stage of life, it's important that each person knows the role they are to play. Scripture clearly instructs us about how we are to play our parts so that the world can take a look at our marriages and grasp the relationship between Christ and the church.
From the teaching series Beyond the Summer of Love
|Ephesians 5 (NKJV™)|
|22||Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.|
|23||For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.|
|24||Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.|
|25||Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,|
|26||that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,|
|27||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.|
|28||So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.|
|29||For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.|
|30||For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.|
|31||"For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."|
|32||This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.|
|33||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.|
New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.
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From the Series:
Beyond the Summer of Love
The 1960s promised us an explosion of love and brotherhood, but instead they delivered a nation in turmoil, confusion, and moral decline. In this series, Skip Heitzig and the Calvary pastors tell us about God's solution for damaged families, His guide for successful marriage, and how to restore a relationship that has been damaged by sin. This series will take you beyond the easy, simplistic slogans of man, and back toward the plan of our loving heavenly Father.