Submissive Obedience and Love

Dear Sisters in Christ,

As we continue to examine together the characteristics of a godly woman, I would like to look at how a godly wife submits to and loves her husband.

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.” (Colossians 3:18)

Matthew Henry describes submission in his commentary stating “A cheerful subjection, and a loving, reverential respect, are duties which Christian women owe their husbands, whether they be good or bad; these were due from Eve to Adam before the fall, and are still required, though much more difficult now than they were before.”

Submitting to our husbands is certainly scoffed at in worldly culture. It is looked upon as weakness; by submitting to our husbands we are putting them and their needs before ourselves. This is not a weakness, this, dear sisters, is obeying the Lord. Self sacrifice and self denial in order to esteem our husbands gives glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is the exact opposite of worldly thought and practice. The understandings of many modern women is to achieve career goals, status, power, and over all personal satisfaction.

Submission also does not mean that we ladies are of less value than men; as the Lord is no respecter of persons. Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.” (Acts 10:34) In the Lord’s eyes we are equal to men, but we have different God given roles. We bring glory to the Lord when we stay within these roles. Marriage is a covenant entered by one man and one woman together, before, and with the Lord. This covenant is a picture of Christ and His bride the Church.

“That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” (Titus 2:3-4)

Loving our husbands may seem like an obvious command; however, love is not just an emotion, but also an action. One of the ways we demonstrate love to our husbands is by submitting to them as we are instructed to by the God’s word. Romantic love may come and go throughout marriage, but a deep commitment and relationship must not waver. We must keep Christ central in our marriage, serving the Lord, and submitting to our husbands; and never losing sight of the cross.

May the Lord bless you,


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One Response to Submissive Obedience and Love

  1. Salpy says:

    i am a young woman who earlier i used to brag about my job, career goals, the liberation of women…in other words, a promoter of “new” women movements.
    However, recently as one reads the Bible, begins to understand the divine relationship between woman-man-Christ-the Father, submission seems the ultimate goal to that inexplicable (at least in our background) freedom.

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