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Love and Respect Your Spouse?

30 January 2010

Ephesians 5:22-33

Points to Ponder

  1.  We must submit to our spouses with Christian love (Ephesians 5:22-24).
  2. 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).
  3. The husband has the responsibility to lead, serve and guide the family so they may enjoy the fruits of Christ’s labor (Ephesians 5:26-29).
  4. A husband must treat his wife with dignity and respect (Ephesians 5:30).
  5. The husband and wife must be united as one but retain their own personality and identity (Ephesians 5:31).
  6. 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 “wives 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.

Jesus Christ was totally committed to bringing salvation to us through His death on the cross.  Therefore, it’s very important for the husband to set an example by serving his wife and family.  Here are proven methods for both spouses to utilize in their relationship:

  1.  Know the love of Christ.
  2. Provide unconditional love.
  3. Respect your spouse with your heart.
  4. Encourage your spouse to utilize their gifts and talents.
  5. Support your spouse through difficult times.
  6. Empathize when your spouse’s emotions and feelings are not normal.
  7. Listen intently to every word spoken by your spouse.
  8. Spend time together at home and away from home.
  9. Agree to disagree without destroying the relationship
  10. Show forgiveness regardless of the situation.
  11. Apologize when you are wrong.
  12. Show mercy when your spouse makes wrong choices.
  13. Provide intimacy with a selfless heart.
  14. Provide spiritual guidance to your spouse and family.

Often times there is a misinterpretation of the meaning of “wives 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.

Jesus Christ was totally committed to bringing salvation to us through His death on the cross.  Therefore, it’s very important for the husband to set an example by serving his wife and family.  Here are proven methods for both spouses to utilize in their relationship:

The husband and wife should understand each other’s uniqueness and personality, which should complement the relationship.  Your priority should be about showing Christ’s likeness in the marriage.  This will help your children to build a strong family foundation as you model your relationship.  Don’t allow poverty, wealth, anger, lust, resentment, bitterness, or selfishness destroy the love and commitment you have towards your spouse.  Husbands should lead (It’s God’s design) by God’s standards and not by dictatorship.

Written By Mr. Wisdom

(c) 2010 EnviCare Consulting, Inc.

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