to be discreet,
obedient to their own husbands,
that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
LORD Jesus, we praise You for You are the all-knowing and ever-present God. You are above all — all people, all powers, all situations. You made the husbands, and You are the One who made the wives. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we neglect to search Your Word for what is right and what is wrong. Help us to do what You command us to do. Guide us in our love for our husbands, and lead us as we comfort, encourage, and help them in daily life. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.
Before we are digging into this study let’s remind ourselves that if the Son has made us free, we shall be free indeed (John 8:36) and that with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
READ — Today’s verse
to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, OBEDIENT TO THEIR OWN HUSBANDS, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
ENGAGE — Fill in the blank
to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, _____ _____ _____ _____ _____, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.
Should we obey them all the time? Are there exceptions to it? Can we love our husbands without obeying them? Is it possible to be obedient to our own husbands without truly loving them? Matthew Henry writes that this is not a difficult command if there is true love.
We cannot go into all the details in today’s blog post, so we will pick up this topic again in future posts. Let’s sum up the answers to these questions using Matthew Henry’s own words:
It is not then an absolute, or unlimited, nor a slavish subjection that is required; but a loving subordination, to prevent disorder or confusion, and to further all the ends of the relation. Thus, in reference to the husbands, wives must be instructed in their duties of love and subjection to them.
APPLY — Think
Let us be straightforward. We cannot teach what we have not learned, and we cannot set an example in what we do not practice.
Do you consider yourself to be obedient to your own husband? Which are the areas and decisions you are struggling with (Budgeting time and money? Managing and organizing the home? Educating your children? Family holidays? Major purchases like buying household appliances, a car, or a house?)
How can you move on? Repent. Pray. Do further studies in the Word of God.
DO — Teach young women to be obedient to their own husbands.
Young women need the firm and loving guidance, however, they do not need to be preached at.
Lead and teach by example today.