What is Love (part 2)
The order of God
Our God is a God of order, 1 Corinthians 14:33. He does not do things haphazardly neither does He do them randomly. When God created the world, He had a plan. In addition, He executed each job on its day for six days. He created the world in an orderly manner.
In the previous post, I discussed about making God and His word the foundation for our relationships. I believe if He is the foundation in our lives then we ought to know and follow his order as well. God does not change and His word is sure.
What is God’s Order in the Home?
1 Corinthians 11:3– But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
- Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise ; 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou may live long on the earth. 4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Husbands and parents are to understand that biblical authority does not mean that they are dictatorial or tyrannical in their authority. Everything parents do should be in love. They are to die to themselves in order to do what is best for those under their authority. A husband is to help his wife grow in glory by loving her, leading her and lifting her with encouragement. The husband therefore should be equipped to be the priest of the home.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loves his wife loves himself.
I must say, it took me a long time to get this sunk into my head. I lacked understanding about submission. I still miss it here and there but I have allowed God to teach me and direct me.
A wife is be loyalty to her husband out of devotion. She is to adapt to the needs of her husband. Submission has nothing to do with inferiority or superiority. It is an act of faith in God and his word. Regardless of what the other party does or says, the wife is to try her best to fulfill this part.
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
Once the family is in order then the church will fall in place and the society respectively. Dysfunctional families give rise to a dysfunctional churches and societies. Now let us look at God’s order for the world. God is always at the top of the Hierarchy. He is our creator. All things work well in Him and without Him, we are lost.
- Church (ministry)
This is God’s divine plan. It is simple and plain. Before God ever created the church, He created the family. Before God ever created the family, He created the marriage. Before God created anything, He was! Problems arise when we mix up the order of God. The enemy is always at work trying to make us mix it up. It is so critical for you to understand God’s divine order. So many people have destroyed their own lives because they did not understand God’s divine order.
At some point in my marriage, I found myself mixing up things. I sold myself out to church activities. It is good to do that do not get me wrong. However, in my case, I did this at the expense of my family and my marriage. I was not listening to what my husband had to say. I made him feel bad for even complaining just because it was church. There has to be a balance in all we do. God gives wisdom and directs our feet. If we have founded our marriages and relationships on him surely following his word would be easy.