Ephesians 5 "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." I truly have to struggle with my tongue. I want to be an imitator of God and yet I often spew unkind words in hopes of raising my own options. How awful of me. I am a sinner who asks for Mercy and Grace.
Ephesians teaches us to be obedient to God for it is our good that he is after. The way toward our good is to refrain for sexual immorality, or any kind of impurity, or of greed or obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking...
My problem is that I think everyone is out to get me and this reveals my insecurity and doubt that God has a good way for me no matter what I think I see/do see before me... His good way has been laid out and all I have to do is take it/go with it.
Wives and husbands... more than any other problem in the world today, I see a grave deterioration in the relationships between husbands and wives. There are women who either think that they alone can save themselves or only a rich man/a rich husband can come to their rescue. Husbands today think that only money can save them so they work hard and long hours away from their wives and children. When they come home, having success or not in the work place, look at their wives/children as reflections of either their success or failure or worse see them as not deserving of their success, not good enough to be seen with them not that 'they have made it'.
Ephesians tells us that "wives submit to their husbands for he is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church... too many women interpret this as enslavement when it is not. It is the good way that God has prepared for the wife. Husbands are not let off the hook with God's hierarchy. They must love their wives just as Christ loved the church and give themselves up for/to her to make her holy cleansing her by the washing with water through the word and to present her to himself as a radiant church...husbands should love their wives as their own body. For this is God's way forward for husbands."
Ephesians 6 - "Children obey your parents iin the Lord for this is right. Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise that it may go will with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. Fathers do not exasperate your children; instead bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord."
Pray as a couple, as a family. Let the Lord be the head of your household and live under an open heaven!