All over the blogosphere lately I keep seeing posts on marriage, submission, roles of husband and wife. I’ve even written on the topic of practical submission. In fact, I have an eBook all about submission in marriage.
So, you might be asking at this moment, “Why, TL, are you writing on this topic again?”
Because I can’t escape this one verse … especially the way Peterson writes it in The Message:
You may be more familiar with the NIV translation: Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
But that phrase, courteously reverent, has resounded in my soul. I looked up the definitions.
Courteously: Having or showing good manners; polite.
Reverent: Deeply respectful.
If you are familiar with the fifth chapter of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians you know this verse immediately precedes the instructions to wives and husbands, parents and children, employees and employers. This idea is the foundation for all our human relationships.
Courteously reverent. If I were writing my own paraphrase of this verse it would be something like this:
We’ll spend some more time looking at what this idea of courteously reverent looks like over the next few weeks. And as we lay that foundation, we’ll explore how to apply that to our marriages, parenting, and other relationship.
What does this concept of courteously reverent mean to you?
Seeking more of Him,