MARRIAGE: A COUPLE'S GREATEST HAPPINESS IN GOD
August 11, 2013
Ephesians 5:22-30 ESV:  Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.  Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.  Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,  that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,  so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.  In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.  For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church,  because we are members of his body.
Marriage is a unique relationship designed by God to promote His glory and increase our happiness.
Roles in Marriage:
- Wives: Happily submit to their husbands trusting that their husbands are committed to their wives’ greatest happiness.
- Husbands: Happily love their wives by being committed to their wives’ greatest happiness.
The Purpose of Marriage:
- Marriage is to be the primary relationship in which a couple experiences the happiness of Jesus.
- Marriage is to be the primary relationship through which a married couple displays the happiness of Jesus.