Submission in Marriage
Tonight Husband and I had a marital class at the Church we attend. The topic was on wife, what it is to be a godly wife and as a wife, what our mission is. One of the topics touched on is one that makes some women uncomfortable, submission.
A lot of women see submitting to their husband as weak. What comes to mind when you hear the word? Do you see someone inferior bowing to someone in power? When I hear it, I honestly think of Christ. Christ submitted so he could pay the price for my sins. It was an ultimate strength to endure the agony he did for me.
“Now as the Church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands” – Ephesians 5:24
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her,” Ephesians 5:25
That being said it is still hard to submit to my husband and I struggle in it. Even though I have a the deep desire to be Christ like and submit to him there are days or moments when I feel like I just can’t.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Growing up I rode reining horses. I still have a reining horse but don’t show anymore. When training a reigning horse your goal is to gain complete control over the horses body. To gain this control the horse has to submit to it. If the horse doesn’t submit, yours and his life are miserable. Once the horse submits things fit together and the horse will start to love his job. Often the next thing you teach him will come more easily because you build a trust with each ride. As he gains confidence in your leadership he will willfully submit.
Often when training a young horse I would come to a rough part in training. This was the perfect time to enjoy a ride on a more seasoned horse. The feeling of riding a horse that happily, sometimes passionately submitted every part of his body to me would build my confidence. When I next rode the young horse I had more confidence in my leadership.
When we give in to God and submit to our husbands things just fit together. We will enjoy life and marriage more. Husbands experiencing a submissive wife will grow in their leadership. It becomes a relationship where you both feed off of each other. You enjoy his Godly leadership and he enjoys your submission. Of course we are human and we mess things up, both men and women. That’s what Christ came for but we can enjoy the times we get it right.
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