The Biblical Meaning of Submission for Wives

Posted By on October 25, 2014


Submission has a bad rap in today’s  world.  When society hears “wives submit to your husband,” they raise up their hands with the belief that submission to a man is demeaning.  I wish to shed some light on the true biblical meaning of submission and change that perception.
The key text concerning submission of wives to their husbands is taken from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus, found in Ephesians 5:22-33

First, let may say that I believe submission is  not reticence, it is notservanthood, not inferior or resigned to, not docile, not degrading,  not a sign of weakness. In fact submission is a sign of strength, not of weakness. It requires a great degree of personal strength of character. Submission is a spirit of respect a wife has toward her husband. It is an attitude intended to help her and her husband to live a contented, peaceful life together.  Problems and disagreements between a husband and wife in marriage are inevitable. But when a woman has an attitude of submission- a heart of respect for her man, it is much more likely that the inevitable problems will be resolved harmoniously, without unpleasant quarrelling and without bitterness and resentment. And that is not to say it will be so because the man dominates and gets his way all the time.  Some people look down on submission as if it were something demeaning, degrading or humiliating but that is not at all what submission is about.

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