A few weeks ago, I came across an article from Desiring God on Facebook. It was titled, Husbands, Get Her Ready for Jesus. I believe it is a good article, and it contains a message that is much needed in our day and age. Husbands must not grow complaisant when it comes to teaching, and yes, even correcting, their wives in the way of The Lord.
This article struck a nerve with a lot of people. I posted a comment in response to the article, and I would like to share it along with commenter’s responses to me below:
Me: Amen. It is sad how much feminism has distorted our world. There is nothing wrong with the article nor title.
Commenter: So men who put themselves, or who have been told to put themselves, in a position only our Creator has the right to be…as our authority/head.
Me: “But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and *the man is the head of a woman,* and God is the head of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:3
New Commenter: How do you know for a fact that “head” means “boss,” “leader,” “authority over,” etc? It says “head of,” not “head over.” You call for men to have an authority in women’s lives that only God has rights to. In addition, you don’t even know for certain at what age a boy becomes a man. Are boys heads of girls? Are males heads of all females?
Me: “For a husband has authority over his wife just as Christ has authority over the church; and Christ is himself the Savior of the church, his body. And so wives must submit themselves completely to their husbands just as the church submits itself to Christ.” Ephesians 5:23-24. This applies to husbands and wives. The marriage relationship reveals the mystery of the Gospel, with husbands representing Christ and wives representing the church. Just as the church should submit to Christ’s authority, wives should submit to their husband’s authority. In doing so, they are submitting to the Lord.
Ladies, it occurred to me today just how far we have departed from true, Biblical teaching. Truth is rarely taught from the pulpit anymore. So many of us are clueless to the truths found in scripture. I am guilty of this, too. It is very easy to become complaisant regarding our faith.
Many women were taken aback that it was suggested that women be corrected by their husbands in regards to their walk with God. But we must put this selfish notion to death. If we are not thinking correctly about Scripture, wouldn’t it be good and right and true for our husbands to show us our error, and point us to the right path? Why do we often think that a friend can fill this role, but we balk when it comes to our husbands?
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word.
Yes ladies, our husbands are often used by God to sanctify us! Their job is to point us towards holiness. If we have a godly husband who does this, we should be thankful. Since my first husband passed away and I have been married twice, I have seen both sides of this coin. Believe me when I say that a godly husband who is willing to correct us when we are wrong or deceived is worth so incredibly much. I would like to humbly add that I didn’t used to think or feel this way. Only God’s grace has brought such a change in my life.
I pray that the Lord will see fit to bring an abundance of godly men to the pulpit to teach and preach the entirety of His Word. One of the reasons that I prefer expository preaching is that there is no picking and choosing of verses to cover. (Expository preaching is when a book of the Bible is preached through in it’s entirety over the course of weeks or even months). All of God’s truth is covered this way.
Ladies, I pray that when our husbands do what they can to get us ready for the Lord, we embrace it, and do not reject it. Having such a husband is truly a gift!
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