In the fourth installment of the “Navigating Marriage” series, Pastor Dwayne looks at Paul’s thoughts on willingly submitting to your spouse in Ephesians chapter 5. He uses the passage to deal with several issues including the four principles to navigate marriage.
Navigating Marriage, Part 04
Malachi 2:14 – You ask, “Why?” It is because the Lord is acting as the witness between you & the wife of your youth, because you have broken faith with her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant.
Four Principles to Navigate Marriage
1. Both spouses, willingly submit to each other on the journey. Ephesians 5:21 – Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Hypotassō [hü-po-tä’s-sō] – submit, willingly subject oneself, be accountable, old military figure to line up under
Obedience is demanded, but submission is freely given.
2. Ladies, let the husband drive.
Ephesians 5:22, 24 – 22Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord… 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
3. Men, be a safe and competent driver.
Ephesians 5:23 – 23For the husband is the head of the wife as
Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
A man is to die to himself and give his life for his wife.
Ephesians 5:25-28 – 25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
4. God, reveal Yourself through our marriages in the world.
Ephesians 5:32-33 – 32This is a profound mystery but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.