God’s design for Family includes a system that makes marriage better and stronger. When we try to function as a couple outside of this system, the result is frustration, hurt and loss. God’s marriage system is built upon the self-sacrificial love of Jesus, whose example both husband and wife are called to follow. When a woman chooses to become a wife, she chooses to submit to her husband as an equal, just as Jesus submitted to the Father as an equal. Wives have a unique opportunity to walk the path of greatness Jesus paved through servanthood. Likewise, when a man chooses to become a husband, he chooses to love his wife as Christ loved the Church. This means giving things up so that she might gain; laying things down in order to make her more like Jesus – holy and blameless in the eyes of God. Remember, Jesus turned our worldly understanding of authority and glory on its head. The one who submits and serves is the greatest!
Scripture References: Ephesians 5:22-31; Genesis 2:18; Philippians 2:5-8; Matthew 20:25-28; Romans 15:1-3; Galatians 5:13