Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Excellent Wife: Specific Ways Wives Are Not Submissive

(by: me)

While reading THE EXCELLENT WIFE by Martha Peace the other night I came to a wonderful list of “Specific Ways Wives Are Not Submissive”. I want to share it here because I think it is a great way to check our own actions and make sure we are each serving our husband and his position as God has instructed. I know for myself, conviction in any of these areas indicates it is something on which I need to work and repent, repent, repent! Martha Peace writes:

Specific Ways Wives Are Not Submissive

1. She does things that are annoying or vexing to her husband. (Proverbs 21:19.)
2. She does not discipline the children as she should (even after her husband asks her to). (Proverbs 29:15.)
3. She is more loyal to others than to her husband. (Proverbs 31:11.)
4. She argues or pouts or gives him the cold shoulder when she does not get her own way. (Proverbs 21:9.)
5. She does not stay within the limits of their budget. (Proverbs 19:14.)
6. She corrects, interrupts, talks for her husband, and is too outspoken when others are around. (Proverbs 27:15-16.)
7. She manipulates him to get her own way. She may manipulate by deceit, tears, begging, nagging, complaining, anger, or intimidation. Martha tried to manipulate Jesus when she said: “…Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me:” (Luke 10:40.)
8. She makes important decisions without consulting him. (1 Corinthians 11:3.)
9. She directly defies his wishes. (1 Samuel 15:23.)
10. She worries about the decisions he makes and takes matters into her own hands. (Philippians 4:7-8.)


God's word says:

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, (1 Peter 1:14-15. ESV.)

For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. (Titus 3:3. ESV.)

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2. ESV.)

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, (Acts 17:30. ESV.)

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. (2 Corinthians 7:1. ESV.)

For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. (1 Thessalonians 4:7. ESV.)
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