Bob Greene (in the Detroit Free Press) cited a study by attorney Michael Minton on the monetary
value of a wife’s services in the home. First he listed the various functions she performs: chauffeur,
gardener, family counselor, maintenance worker, cleaning woman, housekeeper, … More
Wives are to submit (Col. 3:18). It is easy to fake a spirit-filled life for one or two hours a week in church, but it takes a real work of the Holy Spirit to exhibit genuine godliness in everyday relationships in the home. Paul explains how this works with the wife (vv. 22-24) and with the husband (vv. 25-32). Wives are to submit to their husbands (v. 22). The reason for this submission is because God has made the husband responsible for the leadership in the home (v. 23). However, real Spiritual leadership involves service. A wise and Christ honoring husband will not take advantage of his leadership. As with any position of responsibility, there must be authority given to carry out the responsibility. Anything that is two headed is a freak.
However, submission does not mean inferiority. It simply means that the wife recognizes that her husband is the head of the home and then she responds to him accordingly. The example for her to follow is Christ’s headship over the church (v. 23). Just as the church needs to be in submission to Christ, so should the wife be in submission to her husband so he can carry out his responsibility of leadership. It would be foolish to think of the church telling Christ what to do and the same is true in the husband wife relationship. Wives should always put their husbands first, as the church puts Christ first (v. 24).
What are the things that I do that makes it hard for my wife to be submissive. If I expect my wife to be submissive I must first of all be submissive to the Lord.
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Ephesians 4:7-16Gifts From The Risen Messiah
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Ephesians 4:23-29Be Holy And Not Sinful
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Ephesians 5:8-14Walk as Children of Light
Ephesians 5:15-21Evidences Of a Spirit-filled Life
Ephesians 5:22-24Instructions to Wives
Ephesians 5:25-33Instructions to Husbands
Ephesians 6:1-4Training Children to Obey
Ephesians 6:5-9Living Under Authority
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