“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.” Colossians 3:18
Yesterday morning when I woke up sick, I still continued on with my regular schedule by putting out the school books for the kids, and starting to take are of the chicks and kittens that are still in the house. As I was about to continue onto the dishes, my husband looked at me and said, “You need to take a sick day, go back to bed, and not do school.” I could have argued with him, but on top of knowing I had no ability to argue within me I knew he was right.
I am thankful that my husband loves me enough to challenge my strong nature which propels me to push hard through every aspect of my life, especially when my pushing has gone a bit overboard. I have found his wisdom, interjected alongside my “plow through” attitude, to be a refreshing word when my heart and soul have gotten a bit off track. In turn, my push through character is sometimes the one needed to move him forward when he, by his static nature, would rather sit still and not move forward.
In thinking about the scenarios I have laid out above, maybe I have given you a better understanding of the following verses from Ephesians, which I know some women take great offense to. When these verses are lived out and respected as they were intended, to help us and not harm us, they can add great joy and fulfillment to our lives and to our marriages.
“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.' This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” Ephesians 5:22-33