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Love and submission in marriage by Pastor E.A Adeboye

OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL

DATE: SATURDAY JUNE 18TH 2022

THEME: LOVE AND SUBMISSION IN MARRIAGE II

MEMORISE: And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. 2 Corinthians 10:6

READ: Ephesians 5:22 -24
22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

MESSAGE
We ascertained yesterday that wives are meant to be submissive to their husbands as unto the Lord (Ephesians 5:22). However, a wife may not be submissive to her husband if the man himself is not submissive to God. 1 Corinthians 11:3 tells us that there is a chain of command to follow.

But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

If a man has not submitted to God as the Church has submitted to Christ, then he has broken the chain and his wife may also just not submit to him. One thing I know from the Scripture is that even if a wife is the devil himself, once the husband submits to God. The wife will eventually submit to him in turn. It is a spiritual principle. If you don’t believe me, read James 4:7:

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
It says that if you submit to God, even the devil will obey you. If you tell him “run”, he will run. If you are a husband I know your wife cannot be worse than the devil, so definitely, if you submit to God, that woman will do the same to you.

Submitting to God also means allowing Him to guide you when it comes to relating with your spouse and following His instructions strictly. God wants your marriage to succeed, so if you submit to and rely on Him to make it work, He will tell you what to do per time for it to be heaven on earth. He will guide you on how to show love to your wife and also guide her on how to be submissive to you.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5

The above passage says that you should not lean on your own understanding. Don’t try to get your spouse to submit to or love you with your own understanding. Submit to God, love Him, depend on Him for direction and your marriage will indeed be blessed.

KEY POINT
Submit to God and your wife will submit to you.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 46-48

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE

HYMN 7: : I LOVE THIS FAMILY OF GOD
I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God,
I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I’m part of the family,
The Family of God.

You will notice we say “brother and sister” ’round here,
It’s because we’re a family and these are so near;
When one has a heartache, we all share the tears,
And rejoice in each victory in this family so dear.

I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God,
I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I’m part of the family,
The Family of God.

From the door of an orphanage to the house of the King,
No longer an outcast, a new song I sing;
From rags unto riches, from the weak to the strong,
I’m not worthy to be here, but praise God I belong!

I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God,
I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His Blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I’m part of the family,
The Family of God

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