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   

Wives, us husbands give you as many reasons not to submit to us, as you give us not to love you as Christ loves the church. Haven’t we all made excuses long enough!? Wives, when you submit yourselves to your husband, you are submitting to the Lord. Yes, it might be easier to do if you have a good example living in front of you, but even if that example isn’t there, we still have our example in Christ Himself.

Let’s look at it this way; The body(wives) is the means by which the head(husbands) accomplishes the goal of the family. That’s the way it is in the Church,right? The body(church) is the means by which the head (Christ) accomplishes His work. It’s not about who’s in charge because the two have become one flesh. It’s about working together to accomplish the goal.

The head looks, surveys and plans and sets goals in accordance with the body.And the body moves about accomplishing the plans and reaching the goals that have been mutually agreed on. That is being in harmony with one another.

If the physical body and head are not in harmony, there is sickness and we are in need of a physician. If the church body and the head(Christ) are out of harmony, there is sickness and we need repentance, forgiveness and healing. If the body(wives) isn’t in harmony with the head(husbands) there is chaos and there needs to be structure and order to successfully reach the goals of the family.

To summarize we could say: Men – God requires to love our wives as ourselves. The thing that she needs the most, sacrificial and unselfish love, is often the most difficult for us to give. Women – God requires to respect your husband (Eph.5:33) the thing that he needs the most is often the most difficult to give.



5 Responses

  1. This husband and wife thing is a ministry unto one another. First, as a husband, I must love Christ before I can love my wife. As long as I minister to the needs of my wife, then it enables her to do the things that she needs. Likewise, when she ministers to my needs, then I am able to focus on the things that I need to do. It eliminates the “me-ism” in our lives by placing someone else ahead of me.

  2. Amen! That’s what I was talking about in last weeks lesson for husbands. We definitely have to put the other first in any relationship but so much more with our spouse.

  3. Hi Tim,

    It is very precious to me to have found you and so many others as I have found in our parish and our stores. There are so many fantastic people out there in the world, and I am just delighted to see you and your family whenever and wherever I happen to see you!

    I have a picture that I want to give to you and your family.


    Philip and Nesta Callahan

  4. Thank you Nesta, you are a true friend and sister in Christ. I enjoy seeing you whenever and wherever,too.
    We will see you soon!

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