Submitting out of LOVE

Okay, so God keeps placing the idea of submitting yourself in my life lately so let’s talk about it. I think this idea gets a negative connotation. Many believe when we submit, it’s a form of weakness, but I have a new way of thinking about it now, thank God!

James 4:7
“Submit therefore to God Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

God has asked us and talked about submitting to Him many times in the bible. By submitting to God and His plan for our lives, we are giving Him full control and trusting that He knows best for us, having complete faith in Him. You are putting God first in every aspect, because you know how much He cares and loves you and how He will never steer you wrong. God wants us to submit to Him to protect us from harm, sin, because He knows how much destruction and darkness sin causes in us. God does not want to control what we do and our actions, He simply wants to protect us from the enemy.

Mark 14:36
“And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.”

We see the perfect example of submitting to God by Jesus’ example. Jesus knew his salvation of dying on a cross. I’m sure that if there was a less brutal/violent way to show the world His love and truth, He would have preferred that, but he submitted to God’s will and plan. He said let Your will be done, because You know what’s best for me and for everyone. Jesus loved us so much that He would go through torture and death to show us the depths of His heart.

Ephesians 5:22-24
“Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.”

Ephesians 5:25-33
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.”

Being submissive does not make a woman weak or less than. Being submissive means to show respect and give our full trust to another. When a woman submits to her husband, she is entrusting him to protect her, guide her, support her, and most importantly love her. She respects him enough to give him that power over her, because she deserves it. Ladies submitting to your spouse was meant to make our lives happier and most fullfilling. We deserve to let our man take on responsibility to meet our needs and desires. When we submit ourselves, we get the respect in return. It goes back to the phrase treat others the way you want to be treated. This can play into a relationship. Showing respect for your husband, will give you that respect back tenfold. God doesn’t say it in the bible to make us weak, but to take care of us and show us how powerful we truely are. We deserve someone to pamper us, let us know how beautiful we are, and make us feel cherished.

Exodus 20:12
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.”

This verse discusses how children must submit to their parents. Again, submitting is a form of respect. The parents want what’s best for their children and love them unconditionally. The role of the parent is not to control, but to guide, protect, and to love.

These are a few verses I found that talk about the idea of submitting. There are many more as well. I’m glad I have this new idea of submitting, because before I thought it was about control. Now I understand it’s about respect and guidance, which goes back to the basic foundation of love. Everything revolves around love. God is love and nothing more than a big ole’ teddy bear, just waiting to embrace you.

I hope you learn something new today!

Love,
Lauren

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