Marriage & Sacrifices

Hi Everyone.  It has been two months.  It was not a planned break.  Life….work, family, work, marriage, work.  I think you see the issue…work!  It is easy to get away from the things that are important.  It becomes too easy to make sacrifices in the wrong areas.

Marriage requires sacrifice…

When you were single – did you think marriage would be like having a roommate?  I mean after all how different could it be.  After you get married you begin to realize what “one flesh” means.

In marriage, every decision the wife makes affects her husband and vice versa. Decisions are no longer made for yourself but for the whole family, including the children. Your life is no longer your own, and sometimes what we want for ourselves isn’t the best for the family. Sacrifices must be made. Ephesians teaches both husband and wife are held responsible to give of themselves.

To the wife, Paul says:

Wives, submit to you own husbands, as to the Lord.  For the husband is head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church.  Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. (Ephesians 4:22-24)

It isn’t easy to defer to your husband when you don’t agree with him. So marry someone you can trust with your life. Picture the guy you’re dating right now—can you trust him so much that you could submit to him in everything? It’s kind of scary, isn’t it?

This matter of sacrifice also applies to the husband. To him, Paul says:

Husband, love you wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her (Ephesians 4:25)

Paul is explaining that Christ loved the church so much He sacrificed Himself by dying on a cross, giving up His innocent life so the church could benefit. This is how great the love should be from a husband to his wife.

Are you willing and able to make the sacrifices needed to make your marriage the marriage that God intends it to be?

Be Strong.  Act Like Men.

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