Mar. 19, 2023
Love & Marriage Ephesians 5:21-33
1. Submit to Each Other.
Ephesians 5:21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (FEAR of Christ, RESPECT for Christ, to HONOR Christ)
Ephesians 5:22-24 22 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
Genesis 2:17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
Genesis 3:6 …she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
Genesis 3:16–19 16 To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” 17 To Adam he said… through painful toil you will eat food… 19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food…”
2. As unto the Lord.
Ephesians 5:22 22 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.
3. as Christ Loved the Church.
Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.
4. As their own bodies.
Ephesians 5:28-29 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies.
He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church.
5. Love & Respect.
MEMORY VERSE: Ephesians 5:33 Each one (Husbands) of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
- “Love & Respect” by Emerson Eggerichs
The Energizing Cycle:
When she feels LOVED she acts with RESPECT →
When he feels RESPECTED he acts with LOVE → etc.
The Crazy Cycle:
Without LOVE she acts without RESPECT →
Without RESPECT he acts without LOVE → etc.
Hollywood’s formula for marriage:
- Find the Right Person.
- Fall in Love.
- Fix all your hopes and dreams on that one person forever.
- If failure occurs, repeat steps 1-3 as often as necessary.
God’s formula for marriage:
- Instead of Finding the Right Person, Become the Right Person.
- Instead of Falling in Love, Walk in Love.
- Love is the Choice to be “Other” Centered Instead of “Self” Centered.
- Fix your Hope on God, and Honor Him through your Relationship.
- If Failure Occurs, Repeat steps 1-3.