Tuesday, July 24, 2012

You Serve Your Husband?

If she tells people she has been working at the homeless shelter, feeding and caring for the homeless, serving them and loving on them,  they tell her that is wonderful. 

If she tells them she has been helping out at the local animal shelter, caring for the animals, cleaning out their cages, and holding them and petting them, they tell her what a great thing she is doing. 

BUT if she tells them she is loving and serving her husband, making him healthy meals, meeting his needs, and trying to please him in every way, they exclaim, "Why are you doing that?  That isn't good."

This was told to me by a young woman I have mentored.  She is shocked that people think it is fine for her to serve every one else but her husband.  She thinks it is sad.  Since she has served and loved her husband, they have an AMAZING marriage.  Her husband adores her and now does everything he can to please her.  You reap what you sow.

We are to submit to God.  This means we are to love and obey Him.  We want to please him.  We want to make Him happy.  Why should it be any different with our husbands?  Sure, our husbands aren't perfect, far from it but we are commanded by a loving God to love and obey our husbands.  Submission is a powerful word.  It has a very bad reputation in our society.  I don't care.  God's Word is as relevant today as it was hundreds of years ago.

  The submission of a good wife is a glorious thing that is intended to help her and her husband to have a contented life together. Problems in life and in marriage are more or less inevitable but when a woman is submissive to her man it is much more likely that those problems can be resolved harmoniously, without unpleasant quarrelling and without bitterness and resentment. Those people who look down on submission as if it were something demeaning, degrading or humiliating are merely showing that they have no understanding of what submission is and that they are quite ignorant of its power.

A submissive wife is one whose heart is inclined towards satisfying her husband and who has made a choice to be led by her husband, to accept his authority and to be his helper in the broad biblical sense of that word. She does not seek to please her husband because she is afraid of his rebuke or rejection or punishment, but because she delights to please him and finds satisfaction in doing so.

So don't be afraid of submitting to your husband.  God tells you to submit and when you obey Him you will reap His rewards.  His rewards include peace, joy, and love.  His rewards are best!

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.