Yesterday, we took a look at Ephesians 5 and Paul’s instructions to husbands and wives. Today I thought it might be fun to take another look, but from a “here and now” perspective. If you were going to give advice to a married couple about their relationship, what would that advice include?
I would imagine that most people would recommend that the two should spend time together, that they should talk, that they should communicate openly and honestly. We might say they should always be open and honest, that they should be intimate in everything, that they should make the time for all this “togetherness” and that each should guard against taking the other for granted. Maybe we would recommend that each one put the other first in all things… and of course, that there must be no secrets between them. Oh yes, and they should take some time out to have fun together.
Well, that would be a good start wouldn’t it?
If you read yesterday’s part 1, you might also recall that there was a surprise ending to Paul’s instruction to husbands and wives, for he really wasn’t talking about just couples, he was talking about the relationship between Christ and His Church.
With that in mind, take another look at our suggestions above…
How would our advice to married couples differ from our advice to Christians who desire a better relationship with Jesus Christ? Remember, Paul’s advice to couples was really him describing the relationship between Jesus and all of us…
So, here is my question to all Christians: When are we going to start following our own advice, both with marriage and our relationship with the Lord? What possible excuse can there be for neglecting either relationship, particularly the one with the Lord?
Yeah I know, that’s a tough one for all of us.