Marriage Relationships 102
The Head – Part 1
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:5-11
Key Verse: Ephesians 5:23-24
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.
I have never had anyone become frustrated or irritated at the preaching of Christ being the “head” of the church. Yet, at the very mention of the word “head” within the marriage covenant many people are enraged. Let’s look at some reasons why this occurs.
First, we don’t react angrily to Christ being the head of the church because He created and nurtured the church. If a man will initiate the marriage covenant and nurture it, he’ll find little resistance to him being the “head.” So many times, the woman seems more interested and engaged in the relationship than the man. That makes her feel devalued and, thus, resistant to the “head” of that disengaged approach! So, I ask you men: are you the head of an engaged and nurtured relationship or are you the head of a dysfunctional and disengaged relationship?
Second, we don’t react angrily to Christ being the head of the church because He led His church by example rather than driving it by authority. Jesus learned obedience and humbly led His followers to truth. If a man will lead his relationships by his own example and be obedient to Christ — humbly leading His family to God’s eternal truth — the wife will have little resistance to that style of leadership! We’ll continue these thoughts tomorrow!
Father, I want my home to look like your church, with its proper leadership and balances of power. I ask for this in Jesus’ Name, amen.