Planting and Tending Your Garden
SEED OF TRUTH
Read Ephesians 5:22-33.
Remembering the preceding verse, “submit to one another out of reverence for Christ,” read this passage, asking the Lord to reveal any areas where you need to make a change in the way you respond or think about your husband. If you are not married, pray this scripture for a married woman you know. Pray also that if the Lord would call you to marry that He would prepare your heart in this area.
PLANT THE SEED
Quietly recite today’s focus verse to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the day.
“Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.”
WATER THE SEED
The concept of submission in our culture is foreign. Submission is seen as weakness or as slavery. It doesn’t make sense for today. It may have been necessary in another world or another time. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Submission is a theme throughout all scripture – submission to God, His word, to pastors and leaders, husbands, employers, and, even as we read yesterday, to one another.
Consider what it means to submit to Christ all throughout your day. As you do, ask yourself if you would ever talk to the Lord or treat the Lord the way you treat others, your husband, a sibling, or a parent.
BEAR THE FRUIT
Submit to Christ and to your husband.
CLOSE IN PRAYER
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
Ephesians 5:22-33 KJV