Ephesians 5:22-33: Marriage Roles

By Sean Finnegan

Ephesians 5:22-24   Although in certain exceptional circumstances when they should do otherwise, wives are to be in subjection to their husbands as the church submits to Christ. Such a posture is radically countercultural in our present culture, but this may just be the missing key to a godly and mutually rewarding marriage.

25   The bar for husbands is also set extremely high: they are to love self-sacrificially, even to the point of death, if necessary, since that is what Christ did for the church.

26-30   As Christ cares for the church, so should the husband his wife. In fact, he should care for her as if she is his own body.

31   Quoted from Genesis 2:24, this commandment tells husbands to leave their parents and hold fast to their wives. Don’t let your parents, in-laws, or others control your marriage. Advice is great, but in the end, it’s
your marriage.

32-33   What an awesome opportunity married couples have to represent Christ and the church! If your marriage is not reflecting the healthy, functional, and loving relationship between Christ and the church, then it’s time to make some changes.

Recommended marriage books:

The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy & Kathy Keller
Love & Respect by Emerson Eggerichs
The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

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