Okay, back to submission (you may have hoped I’d avoid it). No wonder ‘submit’ is a four-letter word to women in our society. There is no set rule for families anymore. We don’t know how to behave or what we’re supposed to do. With all the divorce, there aren’t many solid role models for marriage in our lives.
Sadly, as with most other aspects of our society, we’ve turned away from God and have tried to do everything by our SELVES. I believe the idea of submission only comes naturally in Godly relationships. If you’re not following God, you’re following SELF (with encouragement from the devil of course.) Submission and SELF cannot co-exist. Submission is giving up SELF as we are called to do in our relationship with God and our relationship with our spouse.
Submissive wives may still be found in secular marriages. They are usually influenced by the relationship of their parents or their own personality. It would be a much more difficult path to follow without God.
A Christian wife married to a non-Christian should choose to be submissive in order to set a Godly example to her husband. I Peter 3:1 says, “Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives.”
A Christian husband with a non-Christian wife should treat his wife with love. Peter 3:7 says, “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.”
The King James version of the underlined verses says "Giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel."
The Greek word for weaker is asthenes, which means something that is fragile and of great worth, like a highly-valued urn. The Greek word for vessel is skeuos, denoting something so valuable and rare that it should be cherished, treasured, and treated royally.
This is how God means for husbands to treat their wives, as "weaker vessels" who are to be cherished, treasured, and highly valued. It is easy for a wife to be submissive to her husband when she is treated like royalty.
More to come about submission...