Marriage: A Covenant of Mutual Love

Lesson 13 


Summer 2019


By: RLD Author


August 25, 2019

Lesson Focus:

Love one another as Christ loves the Church.

Bible Basis:

Ephesians 5:21-33

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • None

Summary & Links:

Love one another as Christ loves the Church.

These videos and materials are for your personal use. If you show videos in class, be sure to have the necessary rights to do so.

“The Love of God” by the Gaither Friends
“I Found Love” BeBe and CeCe Winans
“When I Say I Do” by Matthew West
Commentary on Ephesians 5 from the Junia Project (Dr. Paul Franklin)
Focus on the Family on Ephesians 5
Precept Austin summaries of commentaries on Ephesians 5

Memory Verse:

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

Step 1

Materials Needed:

  • None

As young parents on a mission trip to Mexico, Jeane and Paul Briggs, of West Virginia, encountered a blind orphan boy whose story tugged at their hearts. They adopted him and have been adopting girls and boys ever since. For each child, “We’d hear of a child, pray about it and then felt like we should bring him home.” Their family now includes 32 previously orphaned children from various countries. The couple opened their lives and their home in radical, sacrificial love to so many children in need.

Our passage today has often been misread and sometimes abused to force wives to submit to their husbands, no questions asked. But Paul is saying that all Christians are to love and submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21)—husbands and wives, wives and husbands, and everyone else—in the same way Christ loved us. His way is never to force someone to submit to Him. His way is to give Himself wholly and sacrificially to even His enemies, and certainly His children, in love.


  • How does the adoption of orphans reflect Christ’s sacrificial love?
  • What view of this passage does your church or congregation have?
  • Why should marriage be a covenant of mutual love?

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2, 3 & 4 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

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