"Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it" (Ephesians 5:21-25)
Today's Morsel: One of the things about marriage is that most couples don't realize that they are each responsible for the success and failure of the marriage. I have seen a future wife not return for counseling sessions because I share with them the scripture that wives are to submit themselves to their own husbands as unto the Lord. They already have in their minds that they are not going to allow their future husband to tell them what to do. This marriage is set for failure before it ever gets started. The reason for godly marriage counsel is so each person has a clear understanding of God requires of them to help them have a successful marriage. As Solomon said, "Get wisdom and with all thy getting get an understanding" (Proverbs 4:7) . A woman is not surrendering her authority when she submits to her husband. She is submitting to his spiritual leadership as head of household as her protector and as her provider. But Paul also tells the husband to love his wife as himself. One of the ways a women can tell if a man loves himself is by his character and wisdom. This is what a women should be looking for in a man before she marries him in the first place. She should be checking for godly character and godly wisdom. If she doesn't see these things, she should avoid the relationship from the very start. The same holds true for the man. If a man doesn't see submission by a woman to her spiritual head which is to Jesus, to her father, and her pastor, he should also avoid the relationship. The requirements for a good marriage come from God not man. God ordained marriage, and He set things in order for success.
Sing: I love you! I love you! I love you! What more can I say, but that I truly love you. And I'll try to live my life so that it says it too; I love you! I love you! I truly love you.
Thought for Today: "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" (Amos 3:3)