Day 26: Would You Like To Dance?
However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
— Ephesians 5:33
Biblically, God’s extended each of you responsibilities that add robust strength to your marriage. Done right, they hand you trust, peace, security.
Done wrong, things can get tense and confusing.
Jesus played both roles in His lifetime: leading and laying down His life for His Bride. And trusting His own leader, the first Person of the Trinity. He models humility in both sacrificial leadership and trust—and wholehearted support of God as authority. When He washes the feet of the disciples in John 13, He’s radically serving both the One above and those below Him in authority.
The biblical concept of a husband leading as a servant in marriage and the wife supporting that leadership can be hard to accept, and even harder to fulfill. But it’s not a grab for power.
Think of it as a dance rather than a boxing match. Both of you are essential and of equal value. And you both win in the graceful act of the dance.
Praying together for our marriage
He prays: Thank God for giving you biblical guidance on how to relate to each other as husband and wife. Ask Him to give you the love, wisdom, and humility to lead your wife and family well.
She prays: Ask God to give you the love, wisdom, discernment, and trust to support your husband’s leadership and to help the two of you “dance” together well.