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Notice how God’s instructions for marriage are based on the love and forgiveness Christ has shown to us.

BibleGateway: Ephesians 5:22-33

ESV Text: Ephesians 5:22-33

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:6 and ends at about 3:36

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22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 622 :
The Voice that Breathed O’er Eden — Organ Audio

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1. The voice that breathed o’er Eden, 
That earliest wedding-day, 
The primal marriage blessing,– 
It hath not passed away. 
Still in the pure espousal 
Of Christian man and maid 
The Triune God is with us, 
The threefold grace is said. 

2. Be present, loving Father, 
To give away this bride 
As Thou gav’st Eve to Adam, 
A helpmeet at his side. 
Be present, Son of Mary, 
To join their loving hands 
As Thou didst bind two natures 
In Thine eternal bands. 

3. Be present, Holiest Spirit, 
To bless them as they kneel, 
As Thou for Christ, the Bridegroom, 
The heavenly Spouse dost seal. 
Oh, spread Thy pure wing o’er them, 
Let no ill power find place 
When onward to Thine altar 
Their hallowed path they trace. 

4. To cast their crowns before Thee 
In humble sacrifice, 
Till to the home of gladness 
With Christ’s own Bride they rise. 
To Father, Son, and Spirit, 
Eternal One and Three, 
As was and is forever, 
All praise and glory be. 

Hymn: LSB 860 Gracious Savior, Grant Your Blessing