Rev. Peter Greiner
Sun 4 Jul
The world appears to know all about love and marriage. You watch your TV and you come up with “Marriage At First Sight”, “Farmer Wants A Wife”, “Bachelor” and a host of other programs depicting what love and marriage is all about. Could it not also be said that in taking part in these relationships the participants are opening themselves up to the sins of lust, fornication, and adultery.
The Apostle Paul writes to these young in the faith Christians at Ephesus instructing them as to the Christian view of love and marriage. He writes of four relationships. The relationship between each other. The relationship between husband and wife. The relationship between parents and children. And the relationship between slave and master.
Most people reading these verses get hung up on the marriage relationship. We tend to think that Paul is a bit old-fashioned in saying wives submit. Yet we miss what Paul says to the husbands. Husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church. And we know that Christ loved the church by giving his life for the church as he went to the cross.
So, as Christ loved the church, then husbands are called upon to give their lives for their wives. Which would we find challenging? Submission or the call to give our life?