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Daily Living – Episode 36 – Wade Griffin

Daily Living – Episode 36 – Wade Griffin

Healthy Marriage


READ EPHESIANS 5:33 “However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”

We live in a time and a culture that communicates the way to happiness and fulfillment is to satisfy your own wants and desires. It is no surprise that selfishness and self-centeredness is the order of the day. God’s design, as portrayed in Ephesians 5 and summed up beautifully in verse 33, is to place the emphasis on our spouse. A godly marriage is characterized by a husband who demonstrates selfless love and devotion to his wife. The wise wife works hard to honor her husband and show him respect. Tune in to just about any sitcom to find examples on how not to live this out!

In verse 25 of chapter 5 Paul instructs men to love their wives as Christ loved the church. The picture here is a selfless serving kind of love. In verse 22 women are charged to submit themselves to their husbands. This runs so counter to the philosophy of the day. The picture here is one of respect. We see in this text the reflection of Christ’s headship of the church. You see, a healthy marriage has Christ as its focus and center. How do we work this out? Daily, through honest open communication, spending time in God’s Word and time together in prayer.

There is much at stake! Family members, friends, neighbors and sometimes complete strangers are watching to see this model of how Christ loves His bride, the church.