Today we touch on a somewhat sensitive subject, namely a woman’s role in marriage. Many times, the world is perceived as a man’s world, a place where men are the stronger sex and those in charge.
As such Ephesians 5 is frequently quoted where Paul says “wives … submit to your husbands as to the Lord”. But it was never God’s intention for a woman to be inferior to a man, yes – He created her differently but as equal to the man. “A helper suitable, just right for the man” according to Genesis 2.
God, therefore, did not intend for a woman to compete with a man, but as a unique being to compliment him! Therefore, a wife demonstrates her love for her husband by respecting and supporting him, despite his many weaknesses.
Accepting God’s intention for men to lead in love, never implies that a woman must accept that she is inferior or lose her identity or to ignore her gifts. On the contrary, before Paul instructed a wife to submit to her husband he firstly instruct couples to “…submit to one another out of reverence for Christ… ” (Ephesians 5:21).
In marriage, the glory of God is at stake because the Bible proclaims that marriage was God’s doing. Genesis 1:27 reads: “So God created humans in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female (husband and wife) he created them” – a unique unity of 2 different people that are not the same but equal.
Then the Bible declares that God looked at the man AND the woman and He said: ” … this creation of us is very good…“
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