This weeks lesson touched on many areas where confusion exists concerning God’s Word.
God has a perfect plan for marriage just as He does for other areas of life. The problem is the flesh rears its ugly head in this area too. The Bible teaches that “. . .the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church:. . .”. Ephesians 5:23 This involves submission as verse 22 tells us, “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.”
Submission is a touchy subject with some Christian women. Satan has scrambled it into meaning something it doesn’t. For women he has created the idea that it means being a doormat. For mean he has painted the picture of a demanding and unkind dictatorship. Neither of these are what God intended. When both parties follow His plan submission in marriage becomes something fulfilling and beautiful. Whether or not our spouse fulfills their part we are still responsible to God to obey His Word, and He will bless it.
One of the blessings is a woman can influence her unsaved husband for the Lord. It is not a guarantee but there will not be the hinderance of her ungodly attitude and speech to hinder his heart being touched. Scripture has one interpretation but many applications. I have seen women also influence their saved husband who are not following God’s Word. Either way God will bless obedience to His Word even in the face of difficulty.
Another area of confusion is with true beauty. The world has bombarded us with the idea that beauty is all outward, in stylish clothes, makeup, hair style, and a “Barbie” body. What is frightening is how even girls as young as 4 and 5 are believing the outward beauty lie. Yes we should take care of our outward appearance, but God looks at our meek and quite spirit. That will radiate true beauty on the outside with no need of worldly trappings. I have seen women so stunning they took your breath away, that is until they opened their mouths and you got to know them, then they were no longer beautiful. On the other hand I have seen women who were extremely homely, yet when they spoke and I got to know them they glowed with real beauty. There beauty came from the Lord.
Lastly was the subject of relationships women might have with men in the workplace. A woman should never be close friends with a man other than her husband and vice versa. If a man is a friend they are friends with him as a couple. That friendship should never be conducted alone. The woman should not visit with the man or share intimate details or problems with the other man. communication makes a marriage and relationship strong. It draws the couple together. It will do the same for someone you are not married to. A woman should guard against this to avoid temptation of herself or tempting the emotions of another man.
Relationship principals in God’s word is timeless and they work! Lives may be different and customs and times, but people are still the same. Something we should never forget no matter how “modern” they times we live in.