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Submission has been given a bad reputation lately. As men we have no one to blame but ourselves. The stories where women were asked to submit only to have their trust violated can be heard every day. It is important for men to become strong men of God and then more and more women will not have any problem following our leadership. Below are 5 myths that have been told to women about submission.
There is nothing biblical about submitting to your boyfriend. Submission should only exist within the confines of a marriage. If you choose to follow your boyfriend that is completely up to you, but if he states that it is biblical he is lying and the truth is not in him.
Men are to love their wives. If a man abuses his wife he is not acting in a loving manner. To abuse anyone is a sin and no woman should support her husband in sinning. In this case the loving act would be to seek help and get away from the abuser.
Submission by a wife is a voluntary act of love, not a right of a husband. The husband should love the wife in such a way that she will be happy to follow his leadership. It is the wife’s choice to submit to the husband, just as it was a person’s choice to become a Christian. Christ loved us and out of gratitude for that love we choose to follow him. It is the same with a husband. The key is that once we do make the choice to marry, we must adhere to the boundaries of a Christian marriage. One of those is submission of a wife to her husband.
The concept of submission is one of the main things you should discuss while dating. If you do not believe the man you are dating is a man who you can submit too, then you need to stop dating him. Many women do not submit to their husbands because they do not respect them. They did not respect them during the dating phase and when they get married to them the still do not respect their leadership. Only date men that you respect. Love is much easier. Love is given, but respect has to be earned.
God will hold the man accountable for the success or failure of a marriage. He will hold the woman accountable for submitting to the Godly leadership of her husband. If we believe the concept of submission no longer applies then we need to go through the bible and start picking out other things that we believe that do not apply. What you will have then is a world where everyone did what was right in his or her own eyes. Either we believe the bible is the true, inspired Word of God or we don’t.
Every relationship must have order. When we go against that order we bear the consequences. We see the consequences now in broken relationships and fatherless families. Men must step up and love and protect their home. They should be leaders. Submission should be an act that is freely given by a wife not a right that is demanded from husband.
Do you agree? What are your thoughts on submission?
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