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“Wives, submit to your own husbands as to the Lord, for the husband is head of the wife as also Christ is head of the church. He is the Savior of the body. Now as the church submits to Christ, so wives should [submit] to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as also Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her, to make her holy, cleansing her in the washing of water by the word” (Ephesians 5:22-26, HCSB).

I’ve often struggled with these verses above. As a 21st century woman I’m independent. I can manage my own finances, navigate around town, and read some pretty intense scholarly writing. I’m smart. I’m self-sufficient. I don’t necessarily need a man telling me what do to. In fact, as a military wife, independence is an important quality. I have to be able to manage all the problems that may come up while my husband is far away.

Just the same, I’m called to submit to my husband. What exactly does this mean? Must I cower in front of Him and never have an opinion? No, I don’t think so. Instead, I think it involves a level of respect. I respect my husband as the head of our household. I look to him for guidance. I understand that there may be certain times when he out-rules me in the decision making process. Yes, those times may be hard for my self-sufficient self, but that may be exactly why the Apostle Paul wrote the verses above, to remind me to submit.

And anyway, if a godly man is loving us as Christ loved the church, it really shouldn’t be all that hard to submit, should it?

What do you think about the verses above? Do you agree or disagree with my thoughts?