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Marriage Mystery (1 of 3)
Series: Marriage Mystery - Discovering the Secrets of a Lasting Love
''Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for 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, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church-- for we are members of His body. 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.' This is a profound mystery--but I am talking about Christ and the church.'' Ephesians 5:25-32 (NIV)
Clue #1: THE KITCHEN
Nourish your mate's soul.
''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'slove makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty .Everything He does and says is designed to bring the best out of
her.'' Ephesians 5:25-26 (MSG)
Fill their emotional tank with words.
''… His words evoke her beauty ….''
''Words kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit - you choose.''
Proverbs 18:21 (MSG)
Fill their emotional tank with actions.
''… everything He does and says is designed to bring out the best in her ….''
Clue #2: THE LIBRARY
Study your mate's needs.
''However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves
himself, and the wife must respect her husband.'' Eph. 5:33 (NIV)
She needs to feel treasured.
He needs to feel respected.
Clue #3: THE HALL
Walk hand in hand with your mate.
''Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.'' - Ephesians 5:22 (NIV)
''Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.'' - Ephesians 5:21 (NIV) ...
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