Daily Devotion

HOLY MATRIMONY (1)

HOLY MATRIMONY (1)
 
          “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.”
          (Ephesians 5:22)
 
What is love? In an effort to portray an answer the apostle Paul uses the example of marriage, one of God’s human love institutions.
 
Interwoven is the element of “submission.” This is “a voluntary sacrifice of our personal agenda for the sake of another and the relationship.” This is the repeated message in regard to marriage, beginning with preceding phrase making Christ the motivation for both wives and husbands—“submitting to one another out of reverence to Christ” (Ephesians 5:21).
 
Beginning with wives, Paul says this—
 
        “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
          (vs.22)
 
Paul adds another dimension. He includes Christ and the church in this example of love. He reminds wives that husbands are “the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church” (vs.23a). She is to “submit in everything” to her husband as the church does to Christ (vs.24).
 
PERSONAL APPLICATION: The sharing of “I do” in the vows
        places submission at the center of the holy marriage.