“For wives, this means being supportive to your husbands like you are tenderly devoted to our Lord, for the husband provides leadership for the wife, just as Christ provides leadership for his church, as the Savior and Reviver of the body. In the same way the church is devoted to Christ, let the wives be devoted to their husbands in everything.” (Ephesians 5: 22-24, TPT)
Now this verse gives no right to a man who is with a wife to rule over her. God is a respecter of the choices every human being make. He empowers us to make the right choice, but in the midst of it, if we choose wrong or different, He doesn’t force Himself on us.
This advice by Paul is totally and wholly written with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Because, this one act of wives honoring their husbands in every form honors God. Now, we all know, no man does it all perfect. Honoring someone who does everything good is so easy and doesn’t even need grace. But, obeying God by honoring the man he gave the woman takes faith, love and commitment. Anytime a woman constantly, loosely and intentionally lets her husband down in front of many people, through actions and motives; she’s degrading her own self. For the husband and wife are one. They both take responsibility to see growth in one another with the help of God.
Similarly, when one member of the church lets another down, we show contempt to God directly. Just the previous verse before this says, “”Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5: 21). We are in awe of God when we treat one another in submission to the Holy Spirit. There is a commendable blessing released to the church and a wife when a choice to submit to godly authorities is carried out without murmur and complain.
God honors the family when a wife honors and submits to her godly husband. When families who carry the Honor of God come together as a church, it never stays the same. This kind of church impacts the World to see the Heart of a Good Father.
(Coming up on tomorrow’s daily devotion – Husbands and Christ)