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“Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband” (Ephesians 5:33).

If you want to know the secret of a good marriage, here it is.  These words exactly describe all that is needed.  Men, love your wife (and only your wife) and wives, respect your husbands.  All of the self-help books dance around this simple passage.  The Lord gives us wisdom amidst the mystery of life and if we are willing to apply that wisdom, we will live lives filles with joy.

Lord, where Your word crashes into the thoughts of the world, I too often side with the world.  Where this is true, change it in me Lord.  Your Word is forever and this world will pass away.  Help me to learn to live this mystery by applying what is right and good in my own life.  Lead me in the way You know I need to live and help me to follow through with those things I need.

Thank You Lord Jesus that You have given us grace to restore us after our failures.  It is good that getting it right is not a requirement for being saved, for then we all should be damned.  Yet, Lord, there is the right way of doing things and Your grace enables us at the time and place to do things the right way.  Help me, O Lord, to do what is right and live according to the will of the Father.  Amen.