July 25, 2016

Ephesians 5: 21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

In other places in the New Testament we find the phrase “love one another.” In our day and age we tend to equate love as an emotion, a way we feel about a special someone. Maybe they did in the first century also. Here, Paul gets down to the nitty-gritty of love, the core attitude and action involved. What is love, anyway? How would you define it? Long ago I came to think of it this way; love is seeking the good of another, even above your own. Most parents do that instinctively. God does it by his very nature. Too often we are busy “looking out for number one” (ourselves). Paul asks us to care about the good of the other to the point of submitting our desires to the well-being of another, and not just a special another but the one you share the room with. Some people say it’s a dog eat dog world. Some say it is all about survival of the fittest. This verse says it is all about submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. This week, what will you say?

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