That we would live out our God given roles.
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord… 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, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
This is the controversial one, but I know and thoroughly convinced it shouldn’t be.
God has made men and women differently. We are unique and very different and it’s beautiful.
We complement one another. We are fully equal and God so it in order to give us give distinct roles as we relate to one another.
We can decide to either fight against that or live out these roles in God’s power. The choice is fully ours.
We are called to submit to our husbands, even ungodly husbands (see 1 Peter) as a way to model the gospel. Husbands are called to submit to their wives-even to ungrateful wives as a way to model the gospel. Abigail and Hosea are a perfect example.
Their ungratefulness is not a caveat to your rebellious self.
Your partner’s response to your fulfillment of your role does not change your responsibility. Let us work together to accurately model the gospel in the way we relate to one another.
Father, we thank you for the roles that you have given us.
Sometimes it’s difficult to fit into our roles more so out of our selfishness. Give us the power to fulfill our responsibilities. WE do not want to be blasphemous against you and your word.
Help us submit and love our husbands, and follow their leadership, just as you submitted to the will of the father. Help the husbands to sacrifice for their wives the way Jesus did for His bride.
Help us to submit to each other and be broken enough to live as you would want us to.
In Jesus name,