In our culture today, it is easy to adopt a framework for Christian marriages that are built on ‘fairness.’
It is true that when they married as human beings they were equal, neither had the right to view themselves as superior to their mate. So out of that understanding, it seems fair and equal treatment is an appropriate framework to establish. But that is not the framework for marriages that God establishes.
It Is Clear
In Philippians 2:5 that we are commanded (‘must have’) an attitude that Christ lived out during His earthly life.
Christ voluntarily gave up (‘did not cling to’) what was rightfully His – (‘divine privileges’) and took the humble position of a servant. So men, if we have that same attitude in our marriages, we will give up voluntarily our right to equality with our wives.
Our framework for marriage will not be fairness but serving them in a way that meets their deepest needs.
That takes humility!
Join us around the tables this Friday as we take a closer look at the needed framework for a Christian marriage. Doors open at 6:30 and we will start at 7.
I look forward to joining you then,
~ Bob Roland
This Week’s Key Verses:
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8
And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. Ephesians 5:21-22, 25
Here is the link to the message: https://vimeo.com/channels/onethingformen/