C2F Journey: Day 26
God's special words to wives: Ephesians 5:24, 33 - "Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything "and the wife see that she reverence her husband."
The submission of the wife does not mean the husband can be a harsh master or boss over her. They are equal partners in the grace of Christ. Rather, her submission is the loving and willing submission seen with Christ and His Church. Thus, a godly wife exhibits a beautiful spirit of humility, love and honor toward her husband. She is to have a "gentle and quiet" spirit.
1 Peter 3: 3 - "Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel, but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which in the sight of God is of great price."
Questions for Reflection: Wives, do you ever treat your husband with dishonor and disrespect? Do you often point out his weaknesses and faults? Do you patiently forgive and treat him kindly in spite of his shortcomings? Do you ignore his needs and desires? Have you grown careless with your health and appearance? Do you have a rebellious spirit toward him? Have you done all you can do to bring your attitude in line with the pattern God has set for you in Scripture? Is your attitude one of thanksgiving and love or complaining and anger?
The greatest way to see God change your husband is to bring yourself under God's pattern for a godly wife. Wives, don't give up on your husband or yourself. Don't make excuses by saying, "I just don't have a gentle and quiet personality." If you honestly surrender to God's pattern, you will see a miracle in your home!
As those of us who are wives confess and forsake our sins of disrespect and dishonor of our husbands, let us stand in the forgiveness and power of the covenant in Christ's blood. We are fully accepted and justified in Him!