A Wife Loved Like The Church

Behind The Name

“For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything. For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself.” Ephesians 5:22-28

Marriage nowadays seems to be a one person show. People desire true love, true companionship, but at the sacrifice of nothing. Me, I believe it is a three way partnership: God, my husband and myself. Above are some of my favorite verses from the Bible. So often they are twisted to represent the world’s view, showing how Christian men just want to rule over their wives without question. I see it as an instruction tool for my marriage; I submit my authority to my husband and he surrenders his life for me.

The meaning behind my blog’s name is to show the world just how joyful, “normal”, opinionated, and excited for life a woman can be when she has a husband who loves her like Christ loves His church.

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12 Responses to "Behind The Name"

I completely and utterly second everything you said above. And, yes, it is wonderful and makes me stand in awe of the Lord to have a husband who loves me like Christ loves His church.

Just so you know… these are our vows that we said at our wedding and we wrote based on scripture, which I think truly laid the foundation for our marriage and speaks to the reasoning behind why we’ve done so well together so far…

“I, Hugo, take you, Stephanie, to be my wife, before God who brought us together, to love and cherish you even as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for it, to lead you and to share all of life’s experiences with you as we follow God’s voice and that through His grace we might grow together.”

“I, Stephanie, take you, Hugo, to be my husband, before God who brought us together, to love and cherish you even as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for it, to submit myself unto you, and to follow you through all of life’s experiences as we follow God’s voice and that through His grace we might grow together.”

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The Scripture you refer to was in our wedding vows. It is a beautiful truth, and one that is misunderstood, even in the pews of the church. Great blog, and keep up the good work!

Love this – Thank you for being bold enough to post the truth of what God wants marriage to be! So many people, even in the church, avoid these scriptures because they are so misunderstood. Glad to know there are others out there taking God (and marriage) seriously. Thanks for the inspiration!

You got it right! Unfortunately we men have not lived up to it (a lot of times) which then causes the wife to not do her part (usually). Though she can bring him back to his part if he is willing and vice-versa. In my opinion God will hold the husband responsible.

Wow, I just stumbled across this blog while browsing and I just love it! It seems rare anymore that anyone understands the depth and beauty of a marital relationship as God intended. I am recently married (4 months now) and love experiencing the joy of Ephesians 5.
I think I will be subscribing to you. 🙂 It is so wonderful to find bloggers who are Godly women. Feel free to check out my blog too!

Angie

Oh, PS: the above link (that is my name) is wrong. It should be angiegmiller@wordpress.com. Sorry about any confusion!

My husband and I learned the same lesson you described, “I see it as an instruction tool for my marriage; I submit my authority to my husband and he surrenders his life for me.” I believe it makes for the kind of marriage God intended. I’m sure you would agree that it’s awesome!!!!!!

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