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Husbands: Loving is Leading

Ehpesians 5:25-28 Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They’re really doing themselves a favor—since they’re already “one” in marriage.”  The Message (MSG)

Many start with the “wives submit to the husband as unto Christ” passage and use it to guilt women into blindly following a wimp of a man.  I choose to start this post with the husband because I firmly believe that the passages in Ephesians 5 are so misunderstood and abused.  I have Read More…

Respect: The key to Relationship Peace

We must begin with respect for God and then let that respect translate into our other relationships.  The Message Bible, in Ephesians 5:21 says, “Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another.”   Because this is the first of the Relationship Peace blog postings, I think we should begin with the most important key to any relationship: RESPECT!  If we do not have respect for one another, it will be extremely hard to have any type of peace in any type of  relationship, especially a marriage.  As we communicate on a daily basis we must do so with respect in order to truly be heard by and hear the person with whom we are in relationship.

For example, if I want my wife to respond to a concern that I have, I need to treat her with utmost respect while communicating that concern to her.  If I yell or become disrespectful, no matter how “correct” I am, I will not be heard and the problem will not be addressed in a positive Read More…