{"devotional":{"title":"June 29 Wives submit to your husbands","content":"

\"June<\/a>Col 3:18 \"Wives, submit<\/b><\/i>~~ to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.\"<\/i><\/p>\r\nJust as the commands for the husband to be mutually submissive (Eph 5:21) and sacrificially love his wife (5:25) are contrary to his selfish dominant nature, so the command for the wife to be submissive is contrary to her controlling nature.

All women were changed because of the fall in the Garden (Gen. 3:16).

God gives a command to a wife that is contrary to her old nature: \u201cbe<\/i> continually submitting<\/i>,\u201d which is the translation of a word meaning \u201cto place under in an orderly fashion.\u201d The verb form means to \u201cacknowledge someone\u2019s authority over you.\u201d

The word is also used to describe Jesus\u2019s submission to His parents (Luke 2:51), demons\u2019 submission to the disciples (10:17, 20), the spiritual mind\u2019s willing submission to God\u2019s commands (Rom 8:7), and man\u2019s submission to governing authorities (13:1).

Often inconvenient passages such as this one are ignored or outright denied any authority in a woman\u2019s life. These passages are mistakenly relegated to a first--century culture and declared to be inapplicable to our own.

However, failure to apply this principle to marriage has devastating results. A wife who willingly submits to a servant husband who is committed to her benefit will discover the joy of marriage.

Titus 2:5 instructs women to be \u201cworkers at home, . . . being subject to their<\/i> own husbands, that the Word of God may not be dishonored<\/i>.\u201d A lot is at stake.

Several misconceptions need to be clarified: First, nowhere is there any insinuation that submission implies inferiority.

Second, obedience is conspicuously absent from the instruction to wives, but it is included for children and servants. Submission focuses on meeting the husbands\u2019 needs.

Third, husbands are prohibited from abusing their authority. Jesus said, \u201cYou<\/i> know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their<\/i> authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants<\/i> to be a leader [or husband] among you must be your servant<\/i>\u201d (Mark 10:42\u2013-43NLT<\/sup>).

A servant leader is first modeled at home. Nothing compares to the joy of marriage done God\u2019s way. Do you trust His way?

\u201cLord, submission is seldom easy, especially in marriage, where we tend to think our rights and needs are more important than a rule. May what is \u2018fitting in the Lord\u2019 become fitting in our eyes as well.\u201d<\/i>"}}