每日诗歌: 愛我願意 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUyL3wgHLPM)
Psalm 145 [Read]
Psalm 146 [Read]
Psalm 147 [Read]
Corinthians 11:1-15 [Read]
“You complete me” is one of the most heart-warming statements describing the relationship between a husband and his wife. It reminds me about “the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, ‘this is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, for she was taken out of man’” (Gen 2:22-23). Indeed, the complementary relationship of husband and wife is not only emotional and practical, more importantly, it’s biblical.
Paul likely had that in mind when he wrote today’s NT reading. “In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God” (1Cor 11:11-12). Husband and wife depend on each other, and such realization is the foundation for a successful and joyful marriage. If one constantly views his or her spouse as the part to complete God’s will from Creation, nothing can go wrong.
With that in mind, we may try to understand what Paul means by “a man…is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man” (11:7). Paul just mentions “so whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (10:31). When a man is showing his godly character of caring for other’s benefit more than his own (10:33), he reflects the Christ-likeness in him. This comes from a personal experience of God’s love, which makes him eager to share that love with others. In this sense, he brings glory to God because people can see how great the loving God truly is. In the same way, a godly woman showing virtue of submission also testifies the love she has received from her husband. We all can testify that, when a wife is loved by her husband, her face gives out glorious smile and her speech overflows with peace. This is the best testimony for her having a loving husband, and that brings the greatest glory to her husband.
Today’s NT reading may not be talking about husband and wife relationship on the surface, but I believe the biblical view mentioned above serves as a foundation for proper interpretation. Only when the foundation is properly laid, the understanding can then be correct. In fact, we may expand that unto any aspect of life for a husband and wife. Always remember: “you complete me!”
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