Understanding How to Support The Important Men in Your Life

TD Jakes makes some good points about encouraging the men in your life.  To balance out that video here is a biblical reminder of the leadership role men play in the family.

Loving Leadership

Like Christ, Ephesians 5: 22-29

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. 

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way, husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church,

 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Eph 5:22–29). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

  1.  Paul describes more than simple authority, he defines the nature and scoop of said authority.
  • Like a physical head; supervises nourishment, care of the body.
  • Doesn’t run off on own. Constantly concerned, aware.
  • Dedicated to providing for your wife’s benefit, the model is Christ love for the church. You put your wife’s well-being and her safety above your own.  This is the testosterone gene kicking into full gear.
  1. Wives cannot submit to someone who she does not trust and believe he has their best interest at heart.  And the word submission means to yield ones will.  It does not put the wife on a lower level than her husband.  They are still one flesh, they are a ministry team. Understanding this makes submission easier, though never easy. Cf. Isa.40:10-11.
  2. Should generate love in return, Rom.2:4, I Jn.4:19.
  3. Misunderstandings:
  4. Such love guarantees a wife’s love and submission. Cf. Christ.
  5. Husband’s authority contingent on his Christ-likeness, I Pet.2:23 3:1.
  6. Excludes commands, I Cor.14:37 (Some afraid to exercise authority).

 

 

3 Comments on “Understanding How to Support The Important Men in Your Life

  1. So true. All good points. Today you see so many videos, commercials that make men appear as fools and women are encouraged to own their space and independence, causing relationships to deteriorate. Keeping God in the equation and being balanced becomes a greater challenge.

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