Submission

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“Marry your friend”. “Marry for the right reasons”. “As a lady, look out for a man whose help you carry to fulfill his vision”. These and many more are the lines we hear frequently in relationship seminars. However a lot is being said that needs to be sieved by the objective and spiritual mind. As Christians, we must be careful not to imbibe or copy the world’s pattern for the fight for gender-equality that breeds competition. We are spiritual men and we must understand God’s purpose for creation and live it out. It is sad, that even the church is falling short. I do not hear so much being taught on the wife submitting to her husband or even the unmarried ladies being prepared for the art of submission to the head of their future homes. With this problem, one can only weep for what might become of homes of upcoming generations.

  • Meekness
  • Gentleness
  • Respect
  • Patience
  • Trust
  • Understanding

Our mothers understood values, their ideals and standards in keeping their homes are virtues to be strongly admired. Sometimes, it beats my mind to see how respectful, loyal and submissive a woman poses to be even to her so-called wayward husband. This is not to excuse the bad behaviours of men but rather to extol the priceless virtue of a submissive wife.

My plain advice to young ladies is to marry a man you respect so much and find it easy to submit to and if you are not lucky enough, pray fervently to God to give you the grace to submit because whether or not you feel like it, you must be submissive to your husband if at all your marriage will work. Paul said “wives, submit to your husband, Husbands, love your wife’. It is a proven fact that the submission of a wife makes it easy for the man to love her effortlessly and the love of the man makes the woman submit without much ado.

 

There is no sermon on gender equality through the pages of the scriptures. Let’s go back to the creation story to see God’s original intention.

God created man and named him, and gave him a job to tend the garden, but he saw that man needed company and so he said “it is not good for man to be alone, let us make him a help meet”. We are very familiar with the story of how the woman was created.

LM-Happy ForeverGen 2:22 – 23: And the rib, which the Lord had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto him. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh, she will be called WOMAN, because she was taken out of the man.

She was named and given her position by the man, this is to portray God’s intention that the woman is not above the man, she was intended to be his subordinate and should accord him the required respect.

The scripture also said that “I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ: and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God”. (1Cor 11:3). God put Christ just below himself and then the man below Christ before the woman under the man. The man and woman were not placed equally under Christ. Today, perverts of God’s word are advancing the new world order by consistently trying to strike a balance between the male and female folks.

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Submission

Before I say so much, I choose to define submission my own way, I call it the principle of “Always bend your will for your husband’s will, and at times when you feel he is taking a wrong step, report to his Head to bring him to order, don’t nag or fight to impose your views”. This principle applied from the smallest of issues to the biggest will always produce the same result- a peaceful marriage. Let me mention here that this is a hard task especially when married to a hard man but God knew that such men exists yet he established such principle so you have got to do it anyway, keep praying for grace.

There is no sermon on gender equality through the pages of the scriptures. Let’s go back to the creation story to see God’s original intention.

God created man and named him, and gave him a job to tend the garden, but he saw that man needed company and so he said “it is not good for man to be alone, let us make him a help meet”. We are very familiar with the story of how the woman was created.

Gen 2:22 – 23: And the rib, which the Lord had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto him. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh, she will be called WOMAN, because she was taken out of the man.

She was named and given her position by the man, this is to portray God’s intention that the woman is not above the man, she was intended to be his subordinate and should accord him the required respect.

The scripture also said that “I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ: and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God”. (1Cor 11:3). God put Christ just below himself and then the man below Christ before the woman under the man. The man and woman were not placed equally under Christ. Today, perverts of God’s word are advancing the new world order by consistently trying to strike a balance between the male and female folks.

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Summary Our mothers understood values, their ideals and standards in keeping their homes are virtues to be strongly admired. Sometimes, it beats my mind to see how respectful, loyal and submissive a woman poses to be even to her so-called wayward husband. This is not to excuse the bad behaviours of men but rather to extol the priceless virtue of a submissive wife.

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About The Author

Ifeoluwa Gbarada

Ifeoluwa Gbarada is a Living Meal author. She is a prolific author. In her own words, "I'm a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world. I believe I'm blessed. Before I came to this world God stuffed me with everything He knew I was going to need to be happy. I owe my life to Him. Generally, I think I'm placid, I stay a hundred miles away from trouble.

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