A Simple Philosophy (That Can Be Hard to Live Out)
However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Ephesians 5:33
I love weddings. They are always an inspiration to me. Even though you hear the same things over and over, it still never gets old for me. However, the way the pastor phrased Scriptures that are written for husbands and wives, really stood out in my mind. It is really quite simple, but makes a difference in the world if these Biblical principles are lived out by both husband and wife.
First, he asked the bride if she loved her groom. Her response was positive of course. And because of her love, the pastor replied, it is so important that she respects and obeys her husband.
The husband, on the other hand, has the responsibility to be pastor and leader of his family. If he does his job, then it will be so much easier for the wife to respect and obey her husband. A good husband won’t have to remind his wife to respect and obey him. She will want to do it anyway.
Quite simple. But can be so much harder in real life. Yet, these truths are the basis for a good, Christian family.
And what made me think even more is that it takes TWO! One can’t be pulling all the weight in him/herself to make it work. Scriptures don’t say “well, IF the wife is doing her duties, then the husband does his duties” or vice versa. But both work together to make a marriage that pleases God and each other.
Him+Her Weekly Goal
Pray each day that you can be a spouse that fulfills his/her role in the marriage.