I am really now just realizing how much freedom and beauty there is in submitting to my husband. It’s amazing & I can’t believe all that God is teaching me right now. I started reading the book, “The Excellent Wife” and Jesus is surely changing me through it.
1 Corinthians 11:3 says that the man is head of the woman. And there is fulfillment in doing this. When you actively choose to place yourself under the authority of your husband, here is where you will find that joy. Notice that it says actively, implying that it will not just come to us. We have to be seeking, reminding ourselves to submit on purpose! My husband may not be perfect but our God is. God knows what is best for us and even though our husbands are not perfect, in spite of their imperfections, God has chosen to place the wife under her husband. This does not guarantee that your husband will always do the wisest, most godly thing. It does mean, however, that regardless of what he does, God is working in your life. We are called to be submissive to our husbands always, unless he asks us to sin. We are FIRST under God and then under him. I am so encouraged today by this book, Jesus & the love and joy I have for my husband!
“Keep in mind that you will never be what God want’s you to be until you place yourself under God’s plan by coming under the authority of your husband.”
I need to be actively seeking to honor, respect & submit to my husband & this includes a few things. I’m going to make a list of how I can do those things this week and what that looks like.
- I can speak words that are building up to him and not for the purpose of tearing him down. — Even when he is doing something wrong…it is all about WHEN I say something to him about his wrong doing, WHERE we are, and HOW I am saying it to him. It is always most important to think about what you are called to do, regardless of what he is doing. Ask yourself.. “okay, he is doing this but what am I to be doing in this situation instead of focusing on what he is doing wrong.”
- I can have hands that are willing to help him. —cleaning the house, helping him with a project, & (the fun one!) making love.
- I can honor him. — speaking well of him to other people. Trusting in his decisions. Thinking of and speaking to him first before making decisions.
- I can be careful.— with the things I do & say to him and make sure they are coming from a heart of love & not from anger
- I can be respectful. — By listening to the things he has to say, responding to him in love, & keeping my word to him.
Hope you are encouraged today by this as I am. Remember that our most important ministry is our husbands!