THEME: SUBMIT TO THE AUTHORITIES
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 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. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her”
-Marriage is a divine institution instituted and headed by Christ just like the holy communion. Christian marriages have certain commitments, obligations and duties which are symbolic. The roles which God has given to a Christian husband and his wife are not culturally derived, nor are they arbitrarily based. They are intended to symbolize and represent a greater, more fundamental reality. While marriage is temporal, the realities which it symbolizes are eternal. In Ephesians 5:31-32, Apostle Paul acknowledges that marriage is a mystery saying, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.” These fundamental realities underlie and explain the attitudes and conduct of a man and his wife in marriage is the relationship of Jesus Christ to His church. Submission is a way of showing respect to the husband and a way of displaying love to the wife. Apostle Paul goes on to solve the puzzle through 1 Corinthians 7:4-5 saying that, “The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control”. These obligations and commitments are geared towards bringing forth, peace, unity, respect and love in a marriage union and expose it to longevity, when Christ is at the center.
Dear heavenly Father we come before You to thank You for all You have done and continue to do in our lives. We thank You for instituting the marriage institution saying that, It is not good that a man should be alone, I will make him a helper suitable for him. We thank You for every married couple all over the world. Strengthen their bonds in unity with codes of love that cannot be broken. Strengthen every married couple to submit unto one another as to You Jesus Christ. We thank You Abba Father for all those who are single and wait on You for their marriage partners. May You hear all their prayers and fulfil Your promises in their lives at the appointed time. We humbly ask You to reunite all those who have been separated or divorced or make a better way for them according to Your will. Marriage belongs to You Jesus, take over all marriages in the world. Fill the marriage couples with wisdom and understanding to Your word. Intervene in all marriages that are fighting and make a way for them. Make a way Jesus for all abandoned children that they may progress in life according to Your divine purposes. Those who are waiting on You for children, make a way for them like You did for Sarah. Incase of financial difficulties, provide for them like You provided for the widow of Zarephath and her son. Incase of spiritual maturity, be the only Door to eternal life, and grant each member of our families the gift of salvation. Forgive us all our sins and cover us with Your precious blood Jesus. Only You are able to heal all our wounds and bring sanity to our homes. Only You are our Lord and Savior, our Provider, Sustainer, Protector and Shield. We put all our hope and trust in You. Amen
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