[Jesus continued his teaching about marriage:] "But 'God made them male and female' from the beginning of creation."
— Mark 10:6 NLT
God's plan, rooted in the creation story of Genesis 2, is that one woman and one man be married for life. As male and female, they are different, yet each one is created in the image of God. They are different — not just because of their physical differences and the differences in their two lives, with different experiences and different tastes, but also because they are made fundamentally different. Learning to blend these differences through mutual love and submission reflects the mystery of God himself, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
O Father in heaven, help the marriages among your people today more fully reflect your divine intention. Teach us to submit to each other out of love and respect — not just love and respect for our marriage partner, but also love and respect for Jesus as our Lord. In his name, I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Genesis 1:26-27
- Ephesians 5:21
- Genesis 2:22-25
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
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