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Based on Ephesians 5, I suggested that submission is the divine calling of a wife to honor and affirm her husband’s leadership and help carry it through according to her gifts. That’s what we see here [in 1 Peter 3:1-6] as well. It’s the disposition to follow a husband’s authority, and an inclination to yield to his leadership. It is an attitude that says, “I delight for you to take the initiative in our family. I am glad when you take responsibility for things and lead with love. I don’t flourish in the relationship when you are passive and I have to make sure the family works.”

But submission does not follow a husband into sin. What then does submission say in such a situation? What does submission say to a husband who is leading a wife into sin? It says, “It grieves me when you venture into sinful acts and want to take me with you. You know I can’t do that. I have no desire to resist you. On the contrary, I flourish most when I can respond joyfully to your lead; but I can’t follow you into sin, as much as I love to honor your leadership in our marriage. Christ is my King.”…

If our marriages are going to tell the truth about Christ and his church, we cannot be indifferent to the meaning of headship and submission. And let it not go unsaid that God’s purpose for the church–and for the Christian wife who represents it–is her everlasting, holy joy. Christ died for her to bring that about.

~John Piper in This Momentary Marriage

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