Date: Thursday, November 15
Scripture: Ephesians 5:21-33
Verse: Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. – Ephesians 5:21
Many of us who are married would be embarrassed to confess that often the people who bear the brunt of our bad moods, who don’t always get our best, with whom we sometimes have the least patience, are our families. After a bad day at the office, a rough day with the kids, a terrible commute home – we sometimes find ourselves snapping at the people we love the most. This is not the way of the Bible.
Our faith isn’t just something we do on Sundays, nor is it only about what we do during our quiet time reading devotions. It is not just how we think about things, or what we believe about God. Our Christian faith is to affect what we do in our everyday matters – including how we treat those closest to us.
I am aware today’s passage is loaded and has been used and abused over the years. I could spend some time adding sentences about all that – but I think it misses the point of the passage. This passage is about us loving others, especially our spouses, the way Christ loves the church – willing to give our lives for the sake of the other. May we glorify Christ in all our relationships.
Prayer: O God, remind me to give my family the best of me, and not just what’s left of me. Amen.
Action: Honor Christ by honoring your spouse in the day ahead.