Meditation on family life (Ephesians 5:21)
Dr. Roberto Miranda
SUMMARY: In this sermon on family life, the speaker reflects on Ephesians 5:21-6:4 and emphasizes the importance of mutual submission within the family. He acknowledges the difficulty of preaching the passage that calls for wives to submit to their husbands, but he emphasizes that this must be understood in the context of the husband's responsibility to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He also notes that authority must be exercised with respect, love, justice, equity, meekness, and humility. The speaker encourages all members of the family to abide by the biblical principles of submission and love, and to seek God's guidance in their family relationships.
The speaker believes that the Bible teaches that husbands are the spiritual leaders of their homes, and that wives should willingly submit to their husbands' leadership. However, the speaker emphasizes that this leadership should be exercised in a loving and sacrificial way, as Christ loved the church. Husbands should aim to earn their wives' respect and love, and make it easy for them to submit to their leadership. The speaker also acknowledges that some men abuse their authority and mistreat their families, and emphasizes that this is not acceptable behavior. Ultimately, the speaker believes that both husbands and wives should strive to follow the biblical model of marriage, with husbands loving their wives as Christ loved the church and wives willingly submitting to their husbands' leadership.
The Lord expressed his leadership as a servant leader, exemplified by washing his disciples' feet. As followers of Christ, we should also strive to be servants and serve those around us. In marriages, husbands should love their wives and wives should submit to their husbands, treating each other with respect and honor. Children should honor their parents, showing them reverence and love. When we follow these principles, we bring blessings and harmony to our homes.
The Lord put it on my heart, on the occasion of Father's Day, to bless our fathers and our mothers and our children who are also here, with a meditation on family life in general and with that thought in mind, let's search in Ephesians Chapter 5 beginning with verse 21:
The first one to put on this hat today will be me. I am going to preach this to myself and my family. We all, we all have a lot to learn and a lot to improve regarding our family life, and I pray that these are words of life and energy in us, and that you help us to put them into practice; May it give us energy to please the Lord in everything we do in our family life.