Ephesians 5:18-33 – July 12
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
Ephesians 5:18-33 – Instructions for Christian Living
18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Instructions for Christian Households
21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
Submit | Dyea Rowland
I think I am pretty safe to say that in those days everyone had to submit in a sense, whether it be a slave to a master, a family to the government, a child to a parent, or in this case a wife to a husband.
Funny, I seem to have gotten the chapter that gives the instruction on marriage, as I’ve never been. It’s good instruction in case I ever say “I Do.” I think practice is best, right now working on that “submit” word, which isn’t always easy for me. The words are very easy, as are my thought of knowing all that I am to do. Putting it all into action doesn’t come as easy. You watched me struggle this week with submission. And even though I’m not married, I see clearly why You give instruction on submitting to a husband – – I have a hard time submitting to You.
Father, I don’t have any words of wisdom for the married ones out there or even the soon to be. I don’t have a boss that tells me what to do, so no submission there – again no wisdom. I do pay taxes and bills, and those people have me where they want me. You’re the only One that I long to have full submission under. I think once that is mastered, everything else would fall into place. I see how things are in sync, and the world is so much brighter and relationships are stronger when I am fully submitted to You. Keep pushing me this week, to make the “submit” button stick. In Your name, Jesus…Amen.
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