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Personal Life — Marriage (Colossians 3:18-19)

June 27, 2010

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.  Colossians 3:18-19

Personal Life – Marriage

v     These verses introduce a new way of relational thinking

  • Christianity consists of reciprocal arrangements
    • Wives, husbands
    • Children, fathers
    • Servants, masters
  • This is because of Christ

v     God commands to our nature

  • The Bible is the first psychology book
    • God knows what human nature is like
    • Psychologists can study, but God knows
  • When God commands something, it is because that’s what we need to remember.
  • When things go badly, work on what you’ve been commanded, not on what’s easy.

v     Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

  • Ephesians tells us the husband IS the head of the wife.
    • Indicative, not imperative
    • Submit – as Sarah, who called Abraham lord
    • Own – women are not to be subject to all men, wives are to be subject to their own husbands
    • There are principles involved here, but the particulars are such.
    • As it is fit – marriage works this way.

v     Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

  • Love
    • Love as you love yourself
      • Illustrate by pointing out how hard it is to get gifts for men. Why? They’ve already taken care of themselves.
      • Look at what your wife does that’s loving, do that to love her.
  • Not bitter

v     Wives – submit, be lovable

v     Husbands – love, be respectable

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