Submit to one another
The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise, the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. 1 Corinthians 7:4
Yikes! This is not a popular message in today’s society. Generally speaking, women do not like to have someone in authority over them. Men do not like it either, for that matter. People of today’s world largely believe that the main goal in life is to take care of yourself and always have your best interest in mind. It is a common belief that no one is ever going to care for you the way you do, so that becomes the main objective in life. . . . Looking out for #1! The problem with taking on this mentality is the focus of looking for love becomes to find someone that will love you more than they love their own self. Everyone wants to find that perfect person who is all about their agenda and not having selfish plans that conflict with each others. Yet how many are willing to then love the other person in the relationship more than they do themselves? It is quite a dilemma.
Today’s scripture talks about a husband and wife relationship, but is not limited to that. It really goes beyond to every relationship in life, yet at the very least should start with marriage. It says that when two people unite together in marriage, they are to willingly submit every area of their lives to each other. This passage says the wife belongs to the husband and the husband belongs to the wife. It is almost like your salvation. When you get saved, you are not your own any longer, you belong to the Savior and His salvation belongs to you! This is why the apostle Paul compares marriage to the relationship of the body of believers with Christ Jesus in other books that he wrote. The bottom line is that for any relationship to work, you must look out for the other person’s needs before your own and especially in marriage. Your marriage will only be truly successful when you learn this truth. In a relationship where two people are both looking for the perfect person to have the perfect relationship, they are sure to find disappointment because there is no one perfect starting with yourself.
So how do you give authority over to your spouse? Simply by submitting all things to them and never covering up and hiding things from them. Recognize that the commitment you made is to surrender all to that person and then consider their wants, desires and needs above your own. Not out of obligation, but out of the love that you have for one another. If she knows that he is looking out for her best and he knows that she is always looking out for his, the trust in that relationship will thrive and flourish for as long as the two live. The only thing left to do is to thank God each day that you have been given the opportunity to love and cherish one of His children and do it well!
Today I want to encourage you if you are married or getting married to make a fresh commitment to submit to one another, daily. Decide that you are going to make your mate’s agenda top priority. Begin to work together to accomplish the things that God has put in your heart to do. Start with your own family and come into agreement on bringing your children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Get into a group or study at your church on how to love each other and your family in a way that is more pleasing to God. He is wanting to bless you in a greater way, so He set up the principles that will get His blessings to you. This is not a scheme God made up to try to control or make you do something you do not want to do, but it is a PLAN to give you the most fulfillment and satisfaction in life. Trust Him today and love others above yourself. Only then can you expect the blessings of God to flow over you on a daily basis.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 7:1-16