Week 46   Day 7


Paul uses some words in this section that we do not like


The "fear of the Lord" 

That sounds terrible

            and we need to consider

            not the words themselves

            but what Paul meant

            when he used that phrase 

The proper attitude toward God

            is not terror or dreadful fear 

but one of awe and respect. 



"Submission" is another word we fight against 

            Paul used the word in the sense

            that submission is a choice

            and not forced 

It is a loving gift we give to another who loves us


(Jesus submitted to the cross

            a voluntary act 

            a gift of love to us)



The next thing that raises some ruffles

            is about wives and husbands

            and who is the boss

In Paul's teaching

            the wife is not controlled by the husband 

            rather the marriage relationship is controlled by love


We are told to submit to each other 

            specifically the wife

            is to submit to her loving husband 

But a greater admonition is given to the husband

            who is to love his wife 

            nourish and cherish her

                        in the same manner

                        that Jesus loves the Church 






                     The how-to's of love-filled authority

                              and respectful submission.

                                        Ephesians 5 & 6


    21Submit to one another in the fear of God.

    22Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 

23For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head

of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 

    25Husbands, love your wives just as Christ also loved the

church and gave Himself for her.  28Husbands ought to love

their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves

himself.  29No one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and

cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.  30We are

members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.  31"For

this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be

joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."

    1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 

2"Honor your father and mother," which is the first

commandment with promise:  3"that it may be well with you

and you may live long on the earth."

    4Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring

them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

    5Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters

according to the flesh, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; 6not

with eye service, as men-pleasers, but as bond servants of

Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, 7with goodwill

doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, 8knowing that

whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from
Lord, whether he is a slave or free. 

    8Masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening,

knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is

no partiality with Him.

    18Pray with all perseverance and supplication for all the

saints--19and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that

I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of

the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in

it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

    21Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the

Lord, 22whom I have sent to you, that you may know our
and that he may comfort your hearts.

    23Peace to all of you and love with faith, from God the

Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  24Grace be with all those

who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.  Amen.
          This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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