“Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam…And wuv, tru wuv…” The Princess Bride
We are having us some good Sunday school teaching from Andy Stanley.
iMarriage is the name. Submission is the game.
MUTUAL submission, that is.
You might remember this post.
Andy took it up a notch this week and hit us with mutual submission.
He reminded us that “love is a gift”. The love we give. The love we receive. My #1 love language is gifts. Hmmmmm.
Ephesians 5:21 tells us to “submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
It does NOT say because my spouse deserves it. It does NOT say because I deserve it.
Ephesians 5:21 makes it clear that we are to submit to one another out of reverence (according to Webster’s, “honor or respect felt or shown : deference; especially : profound adoring awed respect”) for Christ. Not for each other.
Andy made a couple of points that really connected with me. There are three in our marriage. My Husband, me and first and foremost, God.
“We are to express our gratitude to God through our treatment of the person we married.”
“God wants us to be the vessels through which He pours out His love on our spouse.”
Powerful stuff, indeed.