How can we say we women are submitted to God, if we do not submit to our husbands? Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: (1 Peter 3:6).
Do you have a hard time submitting to your husband? Do you feel like he is “lording” over you, telling you your every move, what you will and will not do? Do you as a woman, rebel and think that no one should have authority over you? Many women see being submissive to their husband as being a doormat or him being a dictator. Not so. God has a plan for you & your plan or high calling, is to be your husband’s help meet. You are to help your husband. How do you handle submitting to the Lord? Do you find it easy to submit to whatever the Lord has for you? Did it ever occur to you that when you are not in submission to your husband, you are not in submission to the Lord?
Are you willing to fulfill the high calling that God has for you in your life?
1. We are to follow our husbands.
God made clear what His plans for man and woman were. Man was to lead and woman was to follow (Genesis 3). His plans are also repeated in the New Testament, to let us know that our husbands are to lovingly lead us and as the wife, we are to submit ourselves to his leadership and follow him (Eph. 5:22-32; Col. 3:18-19; 1 Peter 3:1). We were not meant to have the headship or authority in the home and family. In order for us to be submissive to our husbands, we must die daily to ourselves (Proverbs 14:1; 15:25). Put what we want aside & focus on our husband, his desires & wants. Put aside the pridefulness that we as wives are the only ones that know how to lead the house. Submission is desiring & being willing to do anything that will result in your husband being a success. We need to do what benefits him and the ministry that God called him to or his job (Gen. 2:18).
We need to recognize the order that God has established:
1. God the Father is over all, then Jesus Christ
2.) Husband has third place Eph. 5:22-24;
3.) Wife has fourth place Genesis 2:18;
4.) Children have fifth place Eph. 6:1-3; Col. 3:20; Exodus 20:12
Submission is allowing the husband to be head of the family. Allow him to protect the you & the family. Allow your husband to be in charge of the family. This means he is in charge of the family materially, spiritually and emotionally.
We need to allow him to lead in EVERYTHING, even in the money.
What does it mean to follow?
#1 “Submission” or “subjection” is a military term portraying the voluntary lining up of one person under the authority of another, to willingly rank oneself under another
#2 “submission” is a choice and a decision that wives must make–to choose to submit themselves to the leadership of their own husband.
Titus 2:5, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Here Paul is asking us wives to willingly submit ourselves to our husbands, not only because it is what God has willed for us, but also because God’s Word would be ridiculed if the world saw us be disobedient towards our husbands. Ladies, we need to realize that when we fail to follow our husbands, the word of God is dishonored.
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2. God made you to be a helpmeet for your husband.
Ephesians 5:22-24, Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church and he is the Saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
3. We are to help our husbands.
Man was created first, and Woman was created second. Man was created to have dominion over every living creature on the earth. We women were created after man, from man, for man, and for a purpose. And that purpose is to help him (Genesis 2:18) What does it mean to help him? We are to be our husband’s companion, his helper, someone to
complete him. Your high calling from God to your husband is to help him with his responsibilities, his tasks, his roles, his work, and his callings from God.
4. We are to respect our husbands.
According to Ephesians 5:33 we are to respect our husbands. To respect your husband means you actively demonstrate and show high regard for him in ways that all can see. Your esteem and admiration for your husband should always be on display, on parade, so that no one can miss it. That type of respect includes all the things, both little & big, that you do to create a visual expression of love. Never correct your husband in public or argue with him. Don’t embarrass your husband (Proverbs 31:23). Exhort him daily (Hebrews 3:13).
5. We are to love our husbands.
Another high calling from God to us as wives and another essential for godly living, is to love our husbands (Titus 2:4). We need to change our attitudes and actions towards our husbands. We are to love our husbands, whether they are saved or not. The love mentioned in Titus 2:4 isn’t a romantic or sexual type of love, it is a love of friendship, and it is only here in the New Testament. It comes from the Greek word philandros and refers to “willing, determined love that is not based on a husband’s worthiness but on God’s command, and that is extended by a wife’s affectionate and obedient heart.” This love, “phileo” love, is often used to describe the ‘emotional’ dimensions of love, involves friendship. It show delight in doing something. Doing something with pleasure. This is the type of love we would show a friend. It is obvious, witnessed, observed. It is demonstrated by what we do for our husband, communicated out of a heart of love by how we act toward him. Our love is seen in the way that we take care of our husbands, in the way we speak to him, the way we speak ABOUT him, and in the things we do for him.
Just like you have to decide that you are going to willingly and wholeheartedly submit to your husband’s leadership, and to follow him, so must you do for your love for him. Love is a decision, not a feeling. I wake up in the morning sometimes not loving myself, much less my husband. I have to make a conscious decision to love him daily. I have to make a decision to die to myself & put him first. Who is your best friend? It should be your husband. He is to be someone you enjoy & enjoy being with. You should want to spoil him, think of him, pray for him, encourage him, welcome him and to nurture a deep friendship with him. When your children are grown and out of your house, it will be you and your husband. Grow your friendship with him, because he is the best friend, outside of Christ, you will ever have.
We are to follow our husbands, we are to help our husbands, we are to respect our husbands, and we are to love our husbands.