I’ve had a handful of comments to this series from gals who find it easy to submit to their husband’s authority in the home. They are decent guys with reasonable judgement and a tender heart toward their wives.
But what if …
I don’t respect or trust the authority?
OK, here’s another perspective. Submission is more about you than it is about the authority. It’s the same with generosity, love, and all kinds of integrity issues. The Holy Spirit is shaping you to be like Jesus and He wants us to be submitted to authorities.
Look at Jesus and the early church. They were under the rule of a very scary government, yet Jesus and the writers of the New Testament still said submit to Rome and trust God to take care of you (sometimes that went OK and sometimes that meant really, really tough circumstances ~ as Paul well knew from his prison cell).
The bigger picture is that God wants to bring His kingdom to earth through us. We are to be like Jesus and wow the world with our love, our generosity, our submission, our service, etc. The New Testament believers astonished folks because they actually did this! The consequences were sometimes harsh and sometimes miraculous, but through it all God was refining His people and moving through their obedience.
So, your authority asks you to do something and you mistrust their motivation or you think they are a total dweeb. Ask yourself, so what? God wants me to act respectfully toward them and do as they ask (as long as it is not sin, I know I keep promising this, but I really will get to it). Let God change you and work through you. The short term consequences may be rough, but the long term benefits will astound you as God honors your obedience to His way of life.
More tomorrow …
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What to reduce friction in your marriage? ~ Organize Your Schedule with Google Calendar (from I’m an Organizing Junkie)
This one is written by a guy (which is a nice perspective) ~ 67 Ways to Make Him Feel Super Respected (from Advanced Life Skills)
Be generous! Lori <><