There has been a lot of buzz around the blogosphere regarding this challenge for married women.
I grew up influenced by my very liberal grandmother. She has a PhD in political science and has experienced a great deal of success and advancement in her career. I love and respect her for that. And I was led astray by many of the things she taught me.
I myself am a college educated, consider myself semi intelligent, human being.
And yet I believe that I should *gasp* submit to my husband’s authority.
I had to learn God’s intention for this word, this concept. I had to learn why it is important enough to be in His word. I had to learn that God doesn’t want anything but the best for His children and His design for marriage is perfect.
I submit to my husband’s authority in our marriage. Me (Miss Opinionated, headstrong, Type A personality, slight tendency to be controlling) Me. If I can wrap my brain and heart around this, you can too!
It hasn’t always been that way for us but things have been so much better and sweeter between us since we both started living our marriage by God’s design.
I want to take the time to type some verses in their entire context:
Wives, submit to your husbands as 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.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church–for we are members of his body. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a profound mystery–but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you must love his wife as he loves himself and the wife must respect her husband. Ephesians 5:22-33 (emphasis mine)
What is sooo scary about having your husband love you, as much as Christ loves the church, and you respecting your husband?
I love, respect, submit, trust and obey my husband. And to me that is a finer thing.
Excuse me, I have a challenge to join!