Wednesday, August 29
The Daily5 is a simple guide for daily time with God. Five activities for five minutes each. Start with the short devotional below, then pick four more activities from the listed options. It's ok if you can only do three or four activities! Commit each day to complete at least one of the five.
22 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord, 23 because the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of the body. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives are to submit to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word. 27 He did this to present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless. 28 In the same way, husbands are to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hates his own flesh but provides and cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, 30 since we are members of his body. 31 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. 32 This mystery is profound, but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 To sum up, each one of you is to love his wife as himself, and the wife is to respect her husband.
Once again, when you are filled with the Spirit you act differently. Because this is true, Paul states that the Spirit impacts the way husbands and wives interact with one another. A wife that is filled with the Spirit, submits and follows her husband. A husband that is filled with the Spirit, leads his wife. He supports his wife. He goes first. He sacrifices. Most importantly, he shows Jesus to her in everything that he does. This is not the norm. Our natural instinct and desire is to be selfish and prideful, but things change when the Spirit fills us.
Lord, thank you for the perfect representation of marriage. Thank you for my spouse (or future spouse). May I be known as someone who is filled by your Spirit. May it impact every relationship that I have. Help me do that today. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
If you’re married, does your marriage look similar to Paul’s example in this passage? If so, pray that it continues. If not, what needs to change? If you’re single and hope to be married, begin praying for a relationship that is Spirit-filled. The Lord impacts every area of our lives, especially our marriage.
Pick Four More Activities
- Listen and Worship.
- Pray a Psalm.
- Read a Book.
- Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
- Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
- Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
- Memorize a Verse.
- List Five Things You're Thankful For.
- Encourage Somebody.