Ephesians 5:21-33 | Day Twelve

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"Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ." - Ephesians 5:21

Almost done with chapter five! Before starting off on today’s passage, summarize what Paul has said so far in chapter 5. Then, take a few minutes to be quiet before God. Ask Him to speak and listen to Him as you read the Word.

Read Ephesians 5:21–33. Paul tells Christians to submit to each other out of reverence for Christ and gives three examples (the other two will be in tomorrow’s devotion).


What example does Paul give in this passage?


What do you think of when you read, “submit to each other”? Do you have a positive or negative reaction? Why?


Our world holds a negative view of submission—we think it means lower than or lesser than. But what Paul refers to here goes back to what we’ve learned before in Ephesians: unity through love. The way we maintain unity is by loving each other the way Christ loved us. We walk in the way of love. Sound familiar (see 5:2)?

What does it mean to submit to each other? Why should we submit out of reverence of Christ?


How does Paul define submission for husbands and wives? Which sounds more difficult to you? Why?


How did Christ love the church? What did He give up?


Remember that back in 5:1–2 we saw that all Christians are to up their lives for God. One way husbands and wives obey God in this way is to give up their lives for each other. How do you view marriage? How does your parents’ marriage help or hurt how you see marriage? How does this passage shape what you think about marriage?


How could you submit to your parents, friends, coworkers, boss, coach, teachers, or youth leaders this week?


As you write out the verse for today, reflect on your life. Would you say you submit to others out of reverence for Christ? Talk with God about your response. If you have a negative view of marriage, ask Him to redeem it. Thank God for any positive examples of marriage in your life. Pray for opportunities to submit to others this week.

EphesiansMegan GoverComment