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Submission in Marriage and Parenting - 07/29/2013
...submitting to one another in the fear of God. - Eph 5:21 On Sunday, we were brought back to God's timeless word. He reminded us of what we've already heard at weddings, in sermons, and wedding retreats about marriage. Marriage is best lived when the wife seeks the benefit of her husband and when the husband seeks the benefit of his wife. So each husband is to love his own wife as himself, and the wife is to respect her husband. A marriage where each spouse is serving one another is counter cultural, because we live a culture where my own happiness is king. This makes it difficult to live out God's plan for marriage. Jesus turns our ideas of leadership and servant hood on it's head through his example: our King of Kings "came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for us" (Mark 10:45). I think about how the Christian home should reflect the relationship of Christ and the church. And I am just amazed. It seems insurmountable. But we heard from a couple saying, "we have been there, and we can say that the things we prayed for our marriage and our kids all came true, and when you apply the principles of Christ in the context of a family, it just works." Even if done imperfectly, it just works. Even if done ordinarily, it just works. It's not easy, but don't give up, it just works. And I watched as the wife supported her husband while he was teaching and how she hung on every word (though I'm sure she's heard it before too). And we had modeled before ...

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