Friday, October 11, 2013

31 Days to a Fruitful Marriage, Day Seven: Women, What is Your Role?

"Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,." Ephesians 5:22-23
As a Christian wife, God has called us to submit to our husband's authority as the spiritual leader of our families. This is hard from some women to do, for sure. While the wife manages the household, he husband is the spiritual leader. Sometimes, these roles can get a little "mixed up." A lot of women, especially non-believers, get caught up in the word "submit" and seem to equate that word to be a form of slavery of some kind. This is not how a Christian relationship is to be. Submitting to a husband's authority means allowing your husband to lead your family. Sometimes, we as women have a bit of trouble giving up that control. It is Christ's expectation that we do and our families will flourish as a result of that.
"An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life." Proverbs 31:10-12
This verse shows just how much God wants husbands to love and appreciate their wives. I love this verse because it really takes our understanding of what role we play to a new level, that the relationship of a Christian marriage is more than just servant/master, as many people tend to think about it. A wife's role is a very important one, especially in their role in what they play in their husband's life.

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