What I want to discuss today, got me thinking a lot and I would really like to ask if this is possible. It’s something to think about and ponder on as well. I was studying the Bible sometime ago and I noticed some words I had never seen before, or heard any one preach. Permit me to share.
“Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves.
They submitted themselves to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord.
You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.”
– 1 Peter 3:1-6 (NIV)
Let’s take a look at the Amplified version
For it was thus that the pious women of old who hoped in God were [accustomed] to beautify themselves and were submissive to their husbands [adapting themselves to them as themselves secondary and dependent upon them].
It was thus that Sarah obeyed Abraham [following his guidance and acknowledging his headship over her by calling him lord (master, leader, authority). And you are now her true daughters if you do right and let nothing terrify you [not giving way to hysterical fears or letting anxieties unnerve you].
– 1 Peter 3:5-6 (AMP)
The scriptures show that women of old submitted to their husbands and obeyed them. Sarah in particular obeyed Abraham and called him her lord, master, leader and authority. This was different from thinking I know he is my head, lord or master, she literarily called him lord. It’s the same way no one would go before a King or royalty without saying my lord. It was a pure reverence of his authority, and lordship over her. I now wonder how many women can go before their husbands today and say “my lord, I am about to do such and such.” Or go before their husbands and say “my master, my leader, the authority that is placed over me, what would you like….”
Can you? Have you ever seen the position of a wife from this perspective before? Don’t just react to this article the way you feel about, think about it first.
Do you understand why Sarah did such a thing? If you remember clearly, Sarah was never discarded by her husband. He treated her like royalty too. They lived together, partnered with each other, even till old age. In fact, he loved her so much and even obeyed her request to do something not right like sleep with her maid. Her submission to his authority seemed to make him grant her requests. Ladies do you know why this applies to you today? Why exactly would this be mentioned in the New Testament? Would it help a marriage or break it?
I’m putting the question to you today dear ladies. Can you call your husband lord, master, leader, authority? Or do you believe you are both equals in the marriage? Or that a man should not be submitted to? Remember, these are not just my self created questions, they stem directly from the word of God.
Share your thoughts, reasons and lessons from your experiences too. I believe men should also share their thoughts, so that we han have views from both sides on the subject.
Don’t forget to comment 🙂 Let’s sincerely talk about this, I’m sure there is a lot to learn.
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