August 17, 2012
What does it mean to submit to your husband, as Ephesians 5:22-5:24 says?

a-little-rain-must-fall:

I’ve really been struggling with this lately. Can anyone help me?

You have to read that in context with, “Husbands love your wives, as Christ loved the Church.” What did Christ do for the Church? He died for the Church.

This means that your husband cannot be thinking selfishly and only doing what he wants to do, and that you slave about and do whatever he says. Rather he is to die to his own inner selfish desires and have your interests foremost in his heart.

So the passage isn’t about “doing whatever he says” but that there may be important times when he will make a decision in collaboration with you (moving, taking a job, etc) which may be difficult for you (new job takes you away from family), but that if he truly has your interests at heart, you would trust that the good of the decision will outweigh the bad, and you will take on the challenge together rather than divided.

Do not ever take the passage to mean that he never has to lift a finger and that you always have to make him a sandwich. The passage is about sacrificial love in the face of difficult life decisions, and that in marriage, it is better to face the unknown together than apart.

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