LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Saturday, April 28, 2007

MEN, BE WORTHY OF HER SUBMISSION!

Ephesians 5:23

"For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior."

I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have had a Christian wife tell me how hard it is for her to submit to her husband. It is abundantly clear that there are many men out there who are certainly unworthy of their wives’ submission. I would like to look at what Paul says specifically to men in my next series of posts. But in 5:23 Paul hints at the kind of husbands Christian men should be, “For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.” We should strive to be men who are worthy of our wives’ submission.

“Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.” How did Christ serve as the head of the church? He gave everything to the church to the point of his own death! Every day of his ministry on earth Jesus was serving the church! Every decision he made was for the welfare of the church. He loved the church so much that he only did what was best for her! Jesus laid down his life to be the Savior of the church. Jesus was completely devoted to serving the church.

I am so grateful that my wife is gracious enough to offer her submission to me even though I often fail to be worthy of it. But if we want to be men who are worthy of our wives’ submission then we have to follow the example Jesus set for us. This is extremely difficult because we are fallen and selfish men! But with God’s help we can learn to serve our wives as Christ served the church. What kind of man makes a woman proud to submit herself to him? He looks out for his wife’s welfare. He seeks to do the things that are best for her. He is willing to lay down his own interests for her happiness. He is committed to being a servant-leader. Men, if you want your wife to offer her voluntary submission to you I suggest you be a man worthy of her submission! Be her protection. Be her provision. Treat her as the most important person in your life. Listen to her. Care about her emotional needs. If you will do these things you will make it much easier for her to offer her submission to you and you will help her in her walk with God.

9 Comments:

Blogger jazzycat said...

Dave,
I think you have it right. Be worthy. That is something we husbands can do through being in Christ and responding to grace.
wayne

April 28, 2007 1:11 PM

 
Blogger Shiloh Guy said...

Wayne: Thanks, brother. I appreciate your input.

April 28, 2007 11:05 PM

 
Blogger Bluecollar said...

A convicting post. I don't live up to this post. I needed this post.

April 28, 2007 11:13 PM

 
Blogger Joe said...

The passage actually starts off admonishing husbands and wives to submit to one another. Men usually like to skip that part.

Paul goes on to instruct men to be ready to die for their wives, just as Christ died for His bride.

April 28, 2007 11:38 PM

 
Blogger Dawn said...

Great seires Dave!

April 29, 2007 2:05 AM

 
Blogger Baptist Girl said...

Dave,
Good post!
Cristina

April 29, 2007 7:23 AM

 
Blogger Craver Vii said...

I'm glad you addressed this; it's so important.

...we have to follow the example Jesus set for us. This is extremely difficult because we are fallen and selfish...

And yet, we are not given the option to choose another way. Ephesians 5 lays out the plan, and the Holy Spirit gives us the power, so that if we do not comply, we are completely without excuse.

April 30, 2007 2:08 PM

 
Blogger Rose~ said...

Hey, I like that title.

May 01, 2007 8:44 AM

 
Blogger Shiloh Guy said...

Thanks to all of you for reading and making such kind comments.

Believe me, working on this material has made a huge difference in my relationship with my lovely wife. Even she has said so!

Thanks again!

Dave

May 01, 2007 10:26 PM

 

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