Ephesians 5: 22-33
22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
While none of you are married yet, I still think this is an important piece of scripture to cover. Not only because you may be married one day, but because it shows us how God uses relationships as a way for us to imitate Him. The analogy between marriage and Christ’s relation to His church has limitations, for no husband in this fallen world loves his wife perfectly, and no wife submits perfectly in every circumstance. Yet even the failure to achieve God’s high standard for marriage points us to Christ.
Christ calls all of us to submit to Him. We are to trust in Him and pursue Him. We are to rely not on our own understanding, but on what Christ has made known to us. Through our submission we show love. We are to submit to Christ in all things.
What does it look like to submit to someone? How does this show love?
What relationships exist in our lives in which we should show submission?