Walking in Harmonious Relationships
|Ephesians 5 (NKJV™)
|submitting to one another in the fear of God.
|Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
|For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.
|Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
|Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,
|that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,
|that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
|So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.
|For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.
|For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.
|"For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."
|This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
|Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
|Ephesians 6 (NKJV™)
|Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
|"Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with promise:
|"that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth."
|And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
|Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ;
|not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart,
|with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men,
|knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.
|And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.
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The book of Ephesians exalts the new life we have in Christ—a life that produces a new relationship with God and with others. In this series, Pastor Skip Heitzig explains how "the unsearchable riches" (Ephesians 3:8) we have through Jesus affect the way we interact with other Christians, our families, and unbelievers as well as the way we fight the Enemy.
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