Back in June I wrote a post on marital submission and what the Bible says about it. That post was one of my more popular. It is a topic I feel strongly about, and am happy to discuss with whomever is interested. Even though it is a Biblical concept, many Christians chose to ignore it for whatever reason. My hope with this mini series is to shed some light on why submission is important in marriages today. These are short posts, so you won’t be overloaded with a lot of reading to do.
If you struggle to grasp the idea of Biblical submission to your husband, I hope that you will at least consider it with an open mind.
If we agree that submission in marriage is a valid Biblical command and teaching in present day, how do we respond to it? In 2 John 1:6 we are told that following the commands of God is one of the ways we show that we truly love Him.
“And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.”
Being submissive does not come easily for many of us! But if we view it as just another checkmark on our Christianity to-do list, can we ever really be truly submissive? Sure, we can act like we respect our husband’s authority, but if our spirit is still desiring to usurp him, are we really following God’s command?
It may not seem like it when you read my blog, but I have a strong and willful personality. I am the typical “oldest child” and I tend to be bossy and opinionated, so I had to really work at being submissive. It certainly didn’t happen overnight, and it did take a lot of prayer, work, and Bible study for me to get where I am now (more on that in another post).
In order to submit to our husbands, we need to first submit to God. Take a look at Job 22:21, and reflect on how we can first submit to God’s will and authority over our lives.
Yield now and be at peace with Him; Thereby good will come to you. Please receive instruction from His mouth and establish His words in your heart.
I encourage you to consider the following questions for your own benefit, and it you feel comfortable sharing, please do so in the comments.
- What is your attitude towards submission today? And where do you want it to be?
- How can you personally submit to God first and foremost?