It’s been two weeks since PMC ended. While there had been many good points delivered, there were two statements quoted that stood out to me. They continue to resound in my heart.
The first is by John Piper. He says, in his sermon “The Beautiful Faith of Submission”,
Submission is the divine calling of a wife to honour and affirm her husband’s leadership and help carry it through according to her gifts.
The second is by Dr Louis Evans, Jr., who wrote in his commentary series on the book of Hebrews,
The one flesh in marriage is not just a physical phenomenon, but a uniting of the totality of two personalities. In marriage, we are one flesh spiritually by vow, economically by sharing, logistically by adjusting time and agreeing on the disbursement of all life’s resources, experientially by trudging through the dark valleys and standing victoriously on the peaks of success, and sexually by the bonding of our bodies.
I like them for their functional nature, I believe. The word ‘submission’ and the phrase ‘one flesh’ are always tossed about when talking about the relationship between the man and his wife. Here, they have been given life and action.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt that these two statements are also so beautifully phrased.