Ephesians 5:25-31 (NIV)
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”
- Why does the husband leave is father and mother?
- What does it mean to “cleave?”
- Where else is this talked about in the bible? (See Gen 2:24)
- When it says, “for this reason” what reason is he referring to?
- Does the woman “leave” her father and mother?
- How is this dynamic of “leaving” important in the man’s ability to “sacrifice” himself?
- How did Jesus demonstrate this dynamic of “leaving and cleaving?”
- What implications does this have for your life?
- Is it possible for a husband to love his wife and discover joy in the marriage even if things in the home aren’t always “happy”?
- How does loving others within the body of Christ allow us to discover joy?