GOD’S ADVICE FOR RELATIONSHIPS
Someone shared the following verses with my wife and me at a point in our marriage when we weren’t be all that LOVE-ly to one another:
Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything …
Yes! I remember thinking. If only she would do everything I say, our lives would be a whole lot better. But, unfortunately, there was more.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy …
Wait a minute, I thought, didn’t Jesus die for the church? Isn’t that a little extreme? I kept reading.
[H]usbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
Then I read the kicker:
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
(Ephesians 5:21-25, 28)
As counterintuitive as it may sound, that simple concept of mutual submission changed everything. Before we applied these verses and let God run our marriage, we were constantly battling to get our own way. It was like two rulers on two separate thrones trying to run two separate kingdoms that were crumbling all around them.
But once we put God on the throne and started putting the other person first, something beautiful happened. Conversations that used to end with anger and tears suddenly began to end with hugs and prayer. We got peace. We got joy. We got LOVE.
Want great relationships? It’s simple:
LOVE ONE ANOTHER
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