21 July 2011

Throwback Thursdays

From 8/14/08

Husbands Love Your Wives - Give Up Your Lives for Them

Unfortunately, a lot of men who boast the husband/submissive wife model are not worthy of being followed anyway.

First, this is a model for believing married couples, not unbelievers. The carnal man can not discern the things of the Spirit.  Second, it is a model of marriage that simply puts order into place. Third, while it is certainly no easy task to follow your husband 'no-matter-what', it is likewise not easy for him to be so in touch with Almighty God as to be completely certain that you and your family are following His will for your life.

Usually, however it is only the 'submissive wife' part that gets argued. But, the other part of that scripture states:

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Ephesians 5:25

Oh my! The husband is to love his wife so much that it is like giving up his life for her? I know I have done things for my marriage that seemed as though I was giving up a part of myself. Don't we all? We should. I would do it all over again.

And what about the third part of these admonitions? Should we rebuke this too?

Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
Colossians 3:20

My wife is submitted to my authority in Christ. She is not oppressed, suppressed, silenced, enslaved or in any way demeaned because of it. She is a free woman because of our godly marriage. Ask her yourself.  And there is order in our marriage.

I know when it comes down to it, most godly women would follow their husbands' decisions even if sometimes they thought he was wrong - because they trust him and knows that he loves and wants only the best for her. Some women are more submitted than they think.  Go 100% ladies!  Order in your marriage is a wonderful thing.

1 comment:

JBlackwell said...

The beginning of I Peter 3:7 is generally emphasized, while the last part seems to be overlooked. "Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together in the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered." Teachings on prayer rarely include that dishonoring / disrespecting the wife can block prayers. Sadly, if a husband's prayers are hindered, the whole family is at a disadvantage. Being a man is a mighty big responsibility before God; however, His grace is sufficient, and His strength is made perect in weakness, as Paul discovered.