Submission Brings Blessings!

1 Peter 3:1 “In the same way(as Jesus did), you wives be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the Word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. And let not your adornment be merely external-braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry or putting on dresses, but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.” So, we submit because Jesus did. Many women today do not like the word submission. Many even remove it from wedding vows because it sounds old-fashioned or anti-feminine. But that’s because they have been taught the wrong thing about submission. The enemy has no creative ability of his own, so he must always utilize the things that God intended for our blessing and distort and pervert them. And so many women have a distorted view of submission. But it’s not all one-sided. We are called to submit and obey and our husbands are called to love us as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it. I think that hubbies have the harder job there. It’s only once we realize that true submission brings protection and covering that we begin to understand what a blessing it is. Anything with two heads is unhealthy, and that includes marriage. Therefore, husbands ultimately have the final say about certain matters, but also must be strong enough to shoulder the responsibility that comes with that. They will stand before God and be judged for their actions and leadership of our households. I’m always training my kids to submit to us, because that is training them to be able to submit to God. And that true submission is when you do it even when you don’t agree or fully understand. It’s good to tell your children “because I said so!” sometimes. They need to learn that they will not always get further explanation from God. That they must take a step of faith, understanding that God is GOOD all the time and that He desires to lead them into a good place. Abraham obeyed and agreed when God said to “go to a land which I will show you”. Anybody can obey when they agree. But it’s when we don’t agree that we humble ourselves which is yielding to another’s will. What a blessing for our children to witness our submission. It will help our daughters to become submissive wives and cause our sons to rise up as loving, gentle yet strong leaders in their homes. One thing I learned early on in marriage is that my hubby will make mistakes. He’s always becoming more keen in following God’s leading and everybody misses it sometimes. But even when he makes a decision that was not the best, God will still honor me because I obeyed and yielded my will. He will bless me for obeying. The Word says that God is able to lift up and exalt and bless one who humbles themselves. So, it puts us in position to receive God’s best!

 

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