That one little word
Good morning brothers and sisters. Today I would like to finish that conversation from yesterday! Yes, the one on marriage. And this next scripture is the one that most people find offensive. Well, it is not technically the whole scripture but one little word. Let's look at the scripture first and then we will talk about it. Ephesians 5:22-33. I bet you knew where I was going. 22- Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23- For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24- Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. 25- Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26- that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27- that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28- So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29- For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30- For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 31- For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. 32- This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33- Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. Ok so there is the scripture. And the one word that gets people to stop reading and understanding is the second word in verse 22. SUBMIT! No one can seem to get past that word. Do people not realize that we submit to things our whole lives? We submit to work. We submit to the government. So why do we have a hard time submitting to our husbands? And why do husbands take this out of context because they don't read any further. Husbands have commands also. He is to love his wife like Christ loves the church. And the church are people. Christ loves us so much, He was willing to die for each of us. Husbands, are you willing to die for your wife? Do you love your wife as you love yourself? See what I am saying! Submit is not some nasty word. He doesn't mean what one thinks it means. Without submission, we would live a confused and chaotic world. Oh wait a minute, that is exactly what is happening today. But these words are true. They are to be lived by. Submission to a husband is not hard at all when you have already submitted to Christ. That is also why it is imperative to find a Godly spouse. When both are submitted to Jesus Christ, that little word never gets in the way. Think about it! Women, stop using that word as if we are second class. Men, stop using that word as if we are second class. Submit yourselves to Christ then submission in a marriage comes natural. Repent, refresh, revive. Rise up child of God, rise up!