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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Created to Be His Help Meet



I went to another Hearts 4 Home study last night and the topic was on submission. There were no notes passed out. Instead, the discussion was taken out from Debi Pearl's book, Created to Be His Help Meet: Discover How God Can Make Your Marriage Glorious. It was a wonderful discussion as many of us were able to share some of our struggles with submission.

The main point of the discussion was how woman was created for man and not man for woman and the scriptures we looked up which supported this were:

Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. (Genesis 2:22, NIV)

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

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. (Ephesians 5:22-33, NIV)

Lastly, since we are created for man, we ought to love our husbands like the church loves Christ:
1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.

3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his ;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.

5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
(Psalm 100, NIV)

Are we able to sing this praise to our husbands as we do to the Lord?

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