21 Follow the lead of one another because of your respect for Christ. 22 Wives, follow the lead of your own husbands as you follow the Lord. 23 The husband is the head of the wife, just as Christ is the head of the church. The church is Christ’s body. He is its Savior. 24 The church follows the lead of Christ. In the same way, wives should follow the lead of their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives. Love them just as Christ loved the church. He gave himself up for her. 26 He did it to make her holy. He made her clean by washing her with water and the word. 27 He did it to bring her to himself as a brightly shining church. He wants a church that has no stain or wrinkle or any other flaw. He wants a church that is holy and without blame. 28 In the same way, husbands should love their wives. They should love them as they love their own bodies. Any man who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body. Instead, they feed and care for their body. And this is what Christ does for the church. 30 We are parts of his body. 31 Scripture says, “That’s why a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife. The two will become one.” (Genesis 2:24) 32 That is a deep mystery. But I’m talking about Christ and the church. 33 A husband also must love his wife. He must love her just as he loves himself. And a wife must respect her husband.
When reading this passage of Scripture, I am captivated by the beauty of the relationship we have with Christ. Verse 21 says to submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. That is, because of the awe, wonder, devotion and worship we have towards Him, we are to demonstrate submission before both Him and those around us.
These verses not only describe God’s intent for marital relationships, but also bring to light the nature of our relationship with Him. As the church, we are to submit before Christ in everything (vs 24). As loved ones by Christ, we are made holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s Word (vs 26). It is by His grace that humanity, in all its failures and brokenness, can be united with Christ as one.
God, I thank You that You desire relationship with me. I thank You that despite my weaknesses, You have made a way for me to be united with You, in holiness and purity. Please help me today, to submit before You and others. In Jesus’ name.
Written by Laura Samperi