God’s Blueprint for a Joyous Marriage

July 11

However, let each (husband) love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Ephesians 5:33

Summer is one of my favorite times of year, mainly because it’s baseball season. In baseball, there are nine positions: a pitcher, a catcher, four infielders, and three outfielders. Each of these positions is equally critical to the success of the team.

Now, not everyone can be a pitcher. If you had nine pitchers and no catchers or fielders, you wouldn’t have a good team. And if you had nine first basemen and no outfielders, your team would also fail.

When you think about it, baseball is kind of like marriage. The husband is not the wife and the wife is not the husband. They have different roles, abilities, and tendencies. Yet, both are equally important as they complement one another and build a successful marriage.

This is exactly why God has given us a blueprint for marriage: the husband as the self-sacrificing head and the wife as the respectful submitter. And while that design tends to bother some people, what’s important to understand is that both roles are equally important within the relationship.

Husbands, lead well by loving your wives sacrificially. Wives, respect and support your husband’s leadership. That’s God’s blueprint for a joyous, Christ-filled marriage!


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