There is a lot going on in Ephesians 5:22-33. Much of it is difficult to discuss without getting into a discussion about today’s cultural norms regarding marriage. However, the most important part of this passage is to understand what Paul’s ultimate point is about marriage and how we are to treat all believers, not just the ones we are closest to. In Ephesians 5:29 Paul sums up his point very clearly, After all, no one ever hates his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church. When it comes to other believers, especially those we love the most, we are to care for them as though they are part of our own bodies because in God’s eyes, they are.
God deserves to be honored and praised because of His ability to do more than we can ever comprehend. In Ephesians 3:20-21 Paul finishes the third chapter with, 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. God has taken care of His people for all generation and He will continue to do it into eternity. We are never alone and He will never leave us. Praise God for that!
On average, a person opens their mouth over 700 times per day to speak. In Psalm 141:3 David wisely asked God to guard his mouth from speaking evil, Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Jesus was the perfect example of keeping silent when He was being persecuted before He was crucified. We would all be wise to ask God to guard our mouths to speak wisely and in a way that would honor Him.
God deserves our praise above all else. In Psalm 138:1 David says, I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise. When David mentions “gods”, this could be anything we put before the only true God. It could be an actual idol or simply something we deem more important than God. We must put God higher than anyone and anything, because he deserves our praise and reverence.
In Psalm 21 David recognizes God will receive the glory and praise He deserves. In Psalm 21:13 David says, Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength; we will sing and praise your might. We may not always feel as though we are winning, but God is. The victory and glory belongs to Him. Let us all hope and pray He chooses us worth to be used by Him in His perfect plan.
Today we read the last psalm in the book or Psalm. The very last verse in Psalm 150:6 says, Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the Lord. Because God is the creator of the universe, and because He loves us so much, and because He is worth of our praise, we must praise Him with all we are and all we have. Praise the Lord!
When we think we can do it all alone, that is when we are closest to failure. Proverbs 18:12 say, Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor. We cannot do it alone. We need the help of the Holy Spirit in our lives and the help of trusted friends to keep us accountable. When we humble ourselves to know we need help, this is when we find honor.
When we accomplish something great, or even not so great, we want to tell the world and be recognized for it. With social media it is even easier to do this. But recognition can be dangerous because it takes away the glory from God. In 2 Corinthians 10:17-18 Paul tells the Corinthians this: 17 But, “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends. When we accomplish great things, we should give all glory to God and let Him praise us. Praise from God is all that matters.
Our bodies were created to honor God and to be in a relationship with Him. When we accept Christ into our lives, the Holy Spirit lives in us. We are no longer our own, we are one with Christ. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, 19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own. 20 you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your body. We are not expected to be perfect, but we are expected to do all we can to honor God with our bodies in all we do. Just as a temple is holy, so are we supposed to be holy as a dwelling place for the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
We worry too much about praise from other men and women instead of doing the things that bring honor and glory to God. Jesus points out the same thing out about the Pharisees in John 5:44, “How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?” God is the only measurement that really matters. If we waste our time looking for praise from anyone other than God, we are accomplishing nothing.