Marriage is the union of male and female and it's ordained by God the creator to establish his purpose of multiplying and replenishing the earth. God created the man in the first place and discovered it wasn't good for him to be alone. He then created the woman using one of the man's ribs. It's important to understand that male and female are both dimensions of God himself.
Marriage as some would say its an institution created by God. The holy book says "he who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtain favor from the Lord". Marriage is a union that should be enjoyed not endured. But, unfortunately, many marriages have been shattered because both partners have refused to play their roles effectively.
Many marriages were destroyed because either the husband or the wife or even the both of them have misplaced their priorities. Priorities in the sense of choosing a job over the family.
But above all, there are two rules strictly given by Paul the Apostle in the book of Ephesians 5:22-29.
The first rule is to the wives - Wives are admonished to submit themselves to their husbands. Husband is the head, there can't be two drivers in a car, so total submission is required from wives regardless of the attitude and status of the husband. Even if the husband is broke, irresponsible, and Lazy you have to submit yourself. You had the chance to chose the kind of head you will bow down to in the first place. Verse 24 says "as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their husbands in everything" Ephesians 5:22-24.
The second rule is to the husband "Husband love your wife as Christ loves the Church and gave himself for it". He described the love a husband should have for his wife by that of Christ who died for the church to live. What Paul is saying here is not necessary a husband should die for his wife, but a love of total sacrifice. A lot of men in marriage do not meet this standard, while some have totally fallen short of the requirements. Whatever a man needs to make his wife happy in marriage hangs on the love he has for the wife. Not just the worldly definition of love but that which Christ sets as an example for all believers. For other foundation shall no man lay than that which is laid by Christ - 1 Corinthians 3:11. If you do not love your wife you do not love yourself because both of you have become one body. Ephesians 5:25-29.
You will agree with me that many husbands today find it difficult to love their wives, likewise, the wives also find it difficult to submit to their husbands. Let's play our priorities and stop beating around the bush. Stop claiming you love your husband while you're being disobedient to him, that's a misplacement of priority. Stop oppressing your wife because you are the head of the house. You are supposed to love her and care for her.
May the Lord help us all in building God like marriages that will attract heavenly blessings in Jesus' name. Share the article with others to learn from this teaching.
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