Summary: Love & Respect in Marriage – sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email:

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(1). Instructions to Wives (vs 22-24)

• Submit because of the Lordship of Christ (vs 22).

• Submit because of the headship of man in Christ (vs 23)

(2). Instructions to Husbands (vs 25-33)

• A husbands love should be sacrificial (vs 23)

• A husbands love should be purifying love (vs 26-27)

• A husbands love should be a caring love (vs 28-30)

• A husbands love should be an unbreakable love (vs 30-33)



Some anecdotes & quotes regarding marriage!

• Quote: Groucho Marx

• "Marriage is a wonderful institution... but who wants to live in an institution?"

"Some marriages are like Tom and Jerry, they argue and disagree all the time, but they still can't live without each other."

‘The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret.’

‘A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.’

"I now pronounce you man and wife, you may now change your Facebook status."

Quote: Here is a sensible one from Martin Luther:

‘Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave’

We are currently working our way through the New Testament book called Ephesians:

• Ephesians is a letter in the New Testament that gives instructions;

• On how to live the Christian life.

• Originally written to the churches of Ephesus in Turkey.

• But its content is applicable to all Christians everywhere;

• Which is why we are reading and studying it today.

The section we are studying is called ‘Signs you are filled with the Holy Spirit’

• Now you may not call it that;

• And the Church website teaching plan describes the title of this talk as ‘Love & Respect’

• Other descriptions for this talk might be:

• ‘Instructions for Christian Households’

• ‘New Relationships

• ‘Relationships That Work’

• Or my favourite:

• ‘Are you sure, I’m Supposed To Love This Man/Woman?’

• TRANSITION: The reason I called it ‘Signs you are filled with the Holy Spirit’

• Is because of verse 21: “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ”

• In the English translation of the Bible:

• This looks like a stand-alone sentence or verse.

• But it is actually the last clause of a long sentence that Paul began in verse 18,

• And it is about the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

• Let me give you that whole sentence starting at verse 18:

“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”

So the apostle Paul is describing the normal Christian life:

• A Christian filled with the Holy Spirit;

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