Re: Verse reading–Ephesians 5:21-33, 6:1-9 (day five)
It is easy for me to read these words and let my thoughts race towards expected behaviors and attitudes spelled out for husbands and wives in this passage. “This will be Hard for me to do!” “Will this really make me Happy?” Seems that this puts “me” as the focus of the text. Not a hopeful perspective.
But, if I see the Mission and Work of Jesus in this text, then something amazing happens. I am thankful and humble because of His title- Savior (v23). I am reminded of His Great Love and Sacrifice (v25). I am aware that His intention was to make people (made dirty, ugly, and depraved by sin) beautiful, clean, and Holy (v26). I see His great eternal hope for humanity (v27). I then, am filled with the same optimism and eagerness in my marriage and relationships with others. I have a completely changed perspective “Filled with the Hope of the Gospel”.