Word 4U Today

Great Marriages

Great Marriages

The media might make you believe that a great marriage is either unattainable, or that it is all romance and excitement. The truth is, if you want a great marriage (and you will get to that point someday), you’ve got to work at it every day.

So what’s the biblical blueprint for a great marriage?

‘Be courteously reverent to one another. Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. The husband provides leadership to his wife in the way Christ does to His church, not by domineering but by cherishing.

So just as the church submits to Christ as He exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands.

Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything He does and says is designed to bring the best out in her…And that is how husbands ought to love their wives.

They’re really doing themselves a favor—since they’re already ‘one’ in marriage. No one abuses his own body, does he? No, he feeds and
pampers it. That’s how Christ treats us, the church, since we are part of His body. And this is why a man leaves father and mother and cherishes his wife. No longer two, they become “one flesh”. This is a huge mystery, and I don’t pretend to understand it all.

What is clearest to me is the way Christ treats the church. And this provides a good picture of how each husband is to treat his wife, loving himself in loving her, and how each wife is to honor her husband’ (vv. 21-33 TM).

That’s how to build a great marriage! Think about that as you look forward to building one—at the right time.

‘Wives, understand and support your husbands…Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives.’ Ephesians 5:22, 25 TM 

Joy Ferdiz

October 26th, 2014

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