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Dr. June Normil
Ephesians 5 is an important chapter regarding how Christians are to live in relationship to God and each other. Special focus is placed upon the function of the Christian family. Verse 21-24 begin with a call to submit or subject ourselves to one another. The idea of submission includes mutual respect, deference, and love. Every Christian is called to such submission, for even Jesus practiced submission to the Father--and gave himself on behalf of humanity. Christians are involved in many relationships, such as marriage, family, friendships, and church. In verse 22, Paul applied the concept of submission to marriage. In this context, it does not mean inferiority with regard to a wife or superiority with regard to a husband. The wife is to submit "as unto the Lord." This is not subjugation but submission of self. In response to God's command, the wife submits to the leadership of her husband, who is responsible to serve as the spiritual leader of the home. In this way she demonstrates the attitude of Christ. Verse 25 shifted to the husband, whose primary responsibility in marriage is to love his wife as Christ loves the Church. Such love is sacrificial, unconditional, and manifests itself in a godliness that provides the proper setting for the wife to respond in loving submission to her husband. Scripture also says Christ sanctifies the Church (verses 26-27). How does this happen within a marriage? The husband acts toward his wife in the way Christ acts toward the Church Likewise, the husband must treat the wife according to the reality that they are one body, one flesh.
[For Pesonal Reflection] In what ways do you practice submission in your relationships with your spouse or other Christians?
INSTRUCTIONS TO CHILDREN AND PARENTS ( EPHESIANS 6:1-4).
How healthy is your family? What words would you use to describe and characterize your family relationships? Obviously, we cannot go back and redo the past. However, we can apply the principles of Scripture to improve our relationships in the future. First, honestly assess the health of your marriage and family. Seek God to give you insight into problems or challenges. Consider how you function within your family relationships as spouse, parent, or child. How can you bring positive change into your family through godly attitudes and actions? Make a list of what those actions should be. Then pray that God will help you do what you can to bring greater health to your family.
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Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 99 Number 2 Dec. Jan. Feb. 2017-18 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil