Husbands


Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the church, He Himself the savior of the body. As the church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything.   Eph. 5:22-24  

In the past, we’ve gotten so caught up (or hung up) on the “wives be subordinate to their husbands” that we lose sight of the truth Paul is trying to convey. First, let’s finish the verse” as to the Lord.” This is key; Men, we should know how to submit to the Lord, we who have given our lives to Christ, to live for Him and do and go wherever He calls…or maybe that’s the problem! We should know but we don’t know!

 If we as men can’t submit to Christ in our lives, what makes us think that our wives will want to (or even can) submit to us! Submission has a willingness to it, to do it out of love, not force or fear.

This is one reason why Paul uses the example of Christ and His church. Jesus willingly submitted to the Father, giving Himself for the church (v.25).

As stated earlier, God is love. Love is willing to do whatever is necessary for the betterment of the other. So as Christ did for the church, so we ought to do for our wives and families.

Which brings us to the second point:” as the church is subordinate to Christ”. What a horrible example the modern church has set at being subordinate to Christ. You might even say our wives have been as subordinate as the church has been to Christ.

Thirdly,”for the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the church, He Himself the savior of the body”. The imperatives “is head”, is the role of Christ and the husbands. “He Himself the savior of the body.” As Christ leads His body to salvation, so we too husbands, lead our wives and families to Christ Himself our salvation.

Therefore men, we must accept this role of priestly leadership of our families, or they will continue to suffer the ills of society.

We must set an example of submission, for submission.

Amen.

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