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Ephesians Devotional—Week Five, Day Five (1/1/10)

Ephesians 5:25-32

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. {29} After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— {30} for we are members of his body. {31} “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” {32} This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. {33} However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

The Bible actually teaches mutual submission within marriage. Both the husband and wife submit to each other … but in different ways.

The way a husband submits to his wife is to love her as Christ loved the church, to love her as he loves his own body, and to love her as he loves himself. Therefore, a husband’s submission to his wife is through love. She is to receive love, attention, and affection from her man. She is to be the one for him … and he is to make her feel desired and appreciated. She needs to know that she is important to him. The love of a husband sets the wife apart from all others. She is holy and clean by the cleansing of God’s word.

The husband-wife relationship pictures a great spiritual truth. It speaks of the relationship that exists between Jesus Christ and His church. As a husband loves his wife, it’s a reminder of the way Jesus Christ loves His bride, His church. As a wife respects and fits into her husband’s life and leadership, it serves to remind others of the way the church submits to Christ.

The Lord loves the man, so He gives him the woman. The Lord loves the woman, so He gives her the man. Each are vessels for the expression of Divine love to the other.

  1. Define submission and what it looks like for the husband. How does this compare with examples of husbands that you have seen?
  2. What is the truth that marriage represents, according to this passage? How does your relationship with Jesus as part of His church reflect this truth?
  3. Which word is repeated more often than any other in today’s text? What does that tell you about how a marriage becomes a great one?
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