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SAT-7 Easter Devotional A Four-Part Blog Series Reflecting Themes from SAT-7's Devotional Titled "This Is Love"

This year's Easter devotional titled "This is Love" examines four different people groups and their relationships. Let's see what each of these relationship types look like in the context of Middle Eastern and North African culture and look at how you can join with SAT-7 in proclaiming God's love to the group this Easter.

Part 1: Married Couples

  • "Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord." Ephesians 5:22
  • "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her." Ephesians 5:25
Marriage is a symbol of Christ's unity with the Church. God intended for marriage to be a blessing to mankind, but sin has tarnished its beauty.

Specific obstacles to strong, healthy marriages in the Middle East and North Africa include gender role influences with fewer legal rights for women and the norm of male dominance in the home, the prevalence of domestic violence, and an overall lack of role models presenting the need for marriages to reflect love and respect.

In Morocco, 60% of men think wives should tolerate violence to hold the family together, while in Egypt this number goes up to an alarming 90%.

SAT-7 is helping to provide examples of a Biblical model of marriage through their programs across its Turkish, Arabic, and Iranian channels. One program that does this is titled From Heart to Heart.

join with us in prayer

Pray for married couples in the region. Pray they will discover God's original plan for marriage - to reflect His grace, forgiveness and eternal love for humanity.
"Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." Ephesians 5:1-2

To access the full SAT-7 Easter Prayer Guide, a devotional with daily prayers for the week leading up to Easter, go to https://www.sat7usa.org/easter-prayer-guide-sm/. Stay tuned for Part 2 of the blog series!

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Created with an image by Brooke Lark - "Palm Down"

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