The vast majority of both the blessings and the frustrations in our lives come from our interactions with other people. If we fail to understand how best to navigate these relationships, then our Christian lives will lack the impact and attractiveness that God intends. Today we have begun reading God’s instructions on how to approach three of the relationships that most define our lives: marital, parental and vocational relationships. As we consider God’s guidance for husbands and wives, His command that wives should submit to their husbands (v. 22) is typically the part of these instructions that grabs the most attention. Let me just suggest that most of the misapplying of this command has been the result of men and women who have seen it as a battle over how we get to use one another rather than as instructions about how we get to serve one another. The Christ-honoring couple, who honestly and sincerely comes to these truths with a common desire to understand and live out what it means for a wife to submit to and respect her husband and what it means for a husband to love his wife as himself and give himself up for her, will find that they are drawn closer to Jesus and closer to one another. They will work through their frustrations and discover greater blessings. They will see growth in their capacity to love and in their understanding of God’s love for them. They will look beautifully strange to a world in which men and women are perpetually at war with one another and are simply unable to see eye to eye. Lord, help Your married children to paint a compelling picture of what it looks like when You love Your church and she follows You in love.