Devotions for September 29, 2014

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Ephesians 5:21-29

21 And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22 For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. 24 As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.

25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. 27 He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. 28 In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. 29 No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. 30 And we are members of his body.

31 As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” 32 This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. 33 So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: What is your love based on? What determines what you look for in someone? Are you content in your marriage? The answers to these questions dependent on where you have build the foundation of your family. A foundation isn’t one part of your life, or something around your life; it’s the very thing upon which all other things are built on and evaluated by. So what is the foundation of your family?

Q: Whether you are single or have been married for years, how does your foundation determine your course for success? Can a foundation of faith be the best thing you can do for yourself, your marriage or future marriage, or your family? Can faith be the foundation for your family? How is your foundation?

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