The last section will deal with the “S” word – submission.
Lastly, married young women are to be subject to their own husbands. Started with “love your husband” and end with being “subject to your own husband.” They are to be subject to their own husbands as to the Lord.
“For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.” (Eph. 5: 22-24)
Note, this is the key.
- Wives are to submit to their own husbands as to the Lord.
- John MacArthur – “A woman doesn’t know how to bow her knee to God until she learns how to bow her knee to her husband.”
- We’re not talking about attitude or behavior fit for a slave; it simply means that she submits as God has designed the order.
What’s the order?
- God is the head of Christ – Christ is the head of man and 1 Cor. 11 says “and the man is the head of the woman” – she is subject to her own husband.
A concept condemned by the world as archaic.
- We’ve talked about a woman’s character and her priorities.
- What’s her motive to be?
- What’s the purpose in all of these injunctions?
- “that the Word of God may not be dishonored.” Dishonored means to blaspheme or defame.
- The point Paul is emphasizing is that it is not only the evil things we say and do, but also the good things we fail to say and do that dishonor the Lord and His Word before the church and the world.
- Obedience to these injunctions silences those who are enemies of Christ. The motivation is to glorify Him and to not bring Him dishonor.
- The Lord commands us, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Mt. 5:16)
- Writing about believers in Corinth, Paul said, “You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts.” (2 Cor. 3:3)
What are some practical things you can do as you move to the practice of a godly woman?
- Think biblically about what your life should entail. Comes through prayer & Word.
- You need to have the proper goals for your character and lifestyle.
- You need to diligently work on the Christ-like character qualities in this passage.
- God calls all of us to learn to be servants of all.
- A woman’s life is a very busy life. You have to plan wisely. Learn to set priorities. Be guided by questions like these.
- What time am I going to spend in the Word of God and prayer today?
- Which areas of my character am I going to work on today – kindness, sensibility, purity, tongue, something I’m enslaved to.
- How can I love and submit to my husband today?
- How can I demonstrate love and care for my kids today?
- What are the priorities at home that need to be done today? (Not what do I want to do)
- Are there things I tend to neglect? Do I need to cut back on other things & attend to these things at home?
- How can I come along side a younger woman today and teach and encourage her?
- Would I be wise to seek counsel of an older woman in some area?
- Strive for excellence – Strive to live out the priorities of Titus 2. Frequently evaluate yourself to see how you doing on your priorities.
- How did I serve my husband today?
- How did I minister to my children today? Etc.
As you diligently strive to live out the priorities of Titus 2, God will grant you the grace to live out these priorities to the best of your ability in whatever stage of life you’re in.
What’s the motivation? What’s the purpose?
…”so the Word of God will not be dishonored.” – Testimony of the godly woman.
Bottom line – one’s walk with the Lord. Gratefulness, being content with husband, home, children, rooted in attitudes shaped by the Word of God & getting one’s heart right before God.
© Bill Reeves 2008
Used with permission
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