The central imperative of our text is expressed negatively and then positively: 'do not get drunk on wine... be filled with the Spirit'. What does this look like?? Paul expresses the practical application of this in 2 spheres. First, in the community of believers there should be enthusiastic worship through music (sing to one another; make music wholehearted to the Lord); through a life characterized by thanksgiving (always give thanks for everything!); and then through... submitting to one another of our reverence for Christ. Second, Paul goes on to talk about what Spirit-filling looks like in the context of a marriage relationship. Under the umbrella of the phrase 'submitting to one another' he goes on to say - 'wives, submit to your own husbands as to the Lord' and 'husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church'. We note in our observations that this is of urgent importance for all of us to hear - not just husbands and wives! Family relationships are the foundations stones of any society - how important it is that we pay attention to this text and apply it in our own context! May we 'hear' and 'do' and may it be for his glory in our families!
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