Monday, February 9, 2009

A Hated Verse

“Wives submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.” (Colossians 3:18; Ephesians 5:22-33)). Ugh! One of the most hated verses by women and one of the most abused verses by men. Why? Because the verse is not clearly understood.

Contrary to many cultural beliefs, it is not a verse touting the superiority of men. It is actually touting the intelligence and gift of women. To submit is to offer all you have, your intelligence, your insight, your wisdom, your learning, your abilities and your wisdom or whatever other beneficial qualities you possess.

When we submit to God we give him all we have to use as he sees fit. He does not trash it, ignore it or despise it. He made it, so he cherishes it and uses it for his glory.

Men who devalue their wives abilities, insights and warnings are exposing their ignorance and rebellion against God’s design of united teamwork. Women who resent authority in their lives are doing the same thing.

Chaos and confusion are twins born without a chain of command. Submission and respect are twins born out of respect for God's design of lines of authority. When we submit to authority we are part of a team.