The Journey - March 19, 2014

The Journey with Ron Moore

God’s Design for the Family | Ephesians 5:22-24

Ephesians 5:22-24 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Submission. Our culture has made this an antiquated word that smacks of servitude. No doubt, many misguided and despicable professing believers have abused their wives using this verse. This is ungodly and unscriptural!

This verse speaks to the God-given assignments in the family. Think of a partnership between a President and Vice-President of a company. They work in partnership but one has the final responsibility. It is the same in marriage and family. Wives are to voluntarily submit themselves to the servant-leadership of their husbands (See yesterday’s devotion on servant-leadership. The partnership doesn’t work if the man is not fulfilling his role as a servant-leader).

Submission does not mean that the wife is inferior to her husband. Submission does not mean that the wife loses her identity in the relationship. Submission does not mean that the wife becomes a passive participant. The Apostle Peter used Sarah, Abraham’s wife, as an example of submission. Read about Sarah in Genesis 16-21. She was anything but a quiet, passive, non-participant! However, she stuck by her husband during disappointments, difficulties and discouragement. God blessed her for it.

Father, don’t let us place the culture’s definition on biblical truth. Help each husband and wife fulfill the roles in marriage that you have designed. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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