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Bible Reading: Ephesians 5.31-33

FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband. Ephesians 5.31-33

As we read this scripture text today we see that Ephesians 5.31 takes us back to Genesis 2:24 where God gave marriage as a gift to Adam and Eve. Marriage was not just something to be taken lightly. Marriage is God’s idea! As a result man had to leave his parents and promise himself to his wife. Both the husband and wife are to commit to God first with Christ being the head of their marriage and then join together making each other a priority, loving each other above all others.

The bond between a husband and wife is to be greater than any other human relationship. The two became one flesh after coming together intimately which is only reserved for marriage. It is amazing to think that God likens marriage to that of the relationship between Christ and the Church. Marriage is a big deal to God and so is His church.

Could it be that we often struggle with loving and respecting each other in marriage because we forget that God instituted our marriage in the first place? Christ came to serve His church. Likewise we should serve our spouse instead of wanting to be served. It is your responsibility husbands to love your wife like Christ loves and wives to respect your husband.

Take a moment this week to be intentional with your spouse and dig into some deeper questions about your relationship. Go on a walk around the neighborhood or local park and ask the following questions:

1. How did you feel loved/respected by me this past week?
2. What does your upcoming week look like?
3. How would you feel most loved/ respected in the days ahead?
4. How would you best feel pursued in sex/intimacy this week?
5. How can I pray for you this week?

Weekly Memory Verse: For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29.11