Worldly Submission vs. Godly Submission

“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”

1 John 5:3

Submission is a term that has been grievously distorted because there are men who have used the word as a weapon to club their wives rather than as a hammer to build their homes.

When God tells a wife to submit to her husband, He also tells the husband to love his wife “even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it” (Ephesians 5:22-25).

When God tells children to obey their parents, He also instructs the fathers to “not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).

When God tells you to submit to Him, it is for your good (James 4:7). Jesus is the head of the church, and He leads by love. The same should be true in the home.

ACTION POINT

Discuss the principle of submission with your family and friends this week. Contrast what the world would say it means to submit with what God desires for us.