Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. Genesis 3:16 (KJV)
Following the fall of man God told Eve that her husband would rule over her and that her desires would be for her husband. This was as a result for Eve’s part in disobeying God’s command not to eat of the tree of knowledge. Today God still requires that husbands rule over their wives and that wives submit to their husband’s leadership. There are many women that hate the word submission. Some believe that being submissive means that you open the door to being mistreated and misguided by your husband. Others believe that it takes away from their strength as a woman and as an individual. Submission in God’s eye is much different than what we see with our natural eyes.
The woman that submits to her husband shows an understanding of the following principles with her supernatural eyes:
1. Submitting to our husbands shows the world that we have a desire to have a Godly character.
Do not let your adornment be merely outward-arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel-rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. (1 Peter 3:3-4 (NKJV)
2. Submitting to our husbands shows that we trust God.
For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands,(1 Peter 3:5 (NKJV)
We do not have to protect ourselves. God will provide for our needs! We will not be harmed through submission.
3. Submitting to our husbands shows them that we respect them. As a result to our submission they will grow into their God-given leadership roles.
Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, (1 Peter 3:1 (NKJV)
What is the path to submission?
The path begins with a desire to honor God’s perfect order for marriage. Along this path we must learn to develop a servant spirit. Having the servant spirit will help us to develop the desire to please our husbands at all cost.
Begin the path to submission! God promises that we will inherit a blessing through our obedience to His ways!
Yours in Christ,