Thursday, May 31, 2012

Dying For Your Wife (Ephesians 5)

Which fairy tale wedding/marriage is your favorite? Why?

Read Ephesians 5:25-33.

In this passage, Paul uses several illustrations to define what a husband's love for his wife should look like. Discuss how each of the following phrases help define a husband's responsibility:
- love as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
- love as their own body
- they feed and care for their body

Christ's love for the church was best demonstrated by the sacrifice of his life. As a group, make a list of 5-10 sacrifices husbands should make for their wives on a regular basis.

How can a wife live in such a way that makes these types of sacrifices easy?

How might the sacrifices of a husband enhance a marriage? How can they positively affect the wife's spiritual growth?

A husband is to love his wife as he loves his own body. How are husbands sometimes tempted to be selfish?

What steps can husbands take to rid themselves of selfishness?

Think of a few specific ways in each of the following categories that husbands can care for their wives and family:
- emotionally
- spiritually
- relationally
- materially

What does verse 31 mean when it says "two will become one flesh?" How would most marriages change if this truth were the central reality of their relationship?

If you are a wife, what do you need to do to help your husband become an Ephesians 5 man?

If you are a husband, what do you need to do in order to become an Ephesians 5 man?

If you are not married, how can you apply some of the principles of this passage (sacrifice, care, etc.) to your own life?

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