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The Wife's Role

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Surprisingly, in a time when Christians have more money and more education and certainly more resources such as books, videos, counselors, and support groups to advise them, many young couples lack the most important ingredient for the success of their Christian union - the biblical understanding of their roles” (Biblical Womanhood in the Home, 118)
The beginning of helps us to properly understand the various roles marriage:
Surprisingly, in a time when Christians have more money and more education and certainly more resources such as books, videos, counselors, and support groups to advise them, many young couples lack the most important ingredient for the success of their Christian union - the biblical understanding of their roles” (Biblical Womanhood in the Home, 118)
Understand the unique way men were created:
My purpose in this essay is to demonstrate from that both male-female equality and male headship, properly defined, were instituted by God at creation and remain permanent, beneficent of human existence. Let me defined male-female equality: man and woman are equal in the sense that they bear God’s image equally. Let me also define Male headship: in the partnership of two spiritually equal human beings, man and woman, the man bears the primary responsibility to lead the partnership and a God-glorifying direction.” (recovering Biblical manhood and womanhood, 95)
Understand the unique way men were created:
My purpose in this essay is to demonstrate from that both male-female equality and male headship, properly defined, were instituted by God at creation and remain permanent, beneficent of human existence. Let me defined male-female equality: man and woman are equal in the sense that they bear God’s image equally. Let me also define Male headship: in the partnership of two spiritually equal human beings, man and woman, the man bears the primary responsibility to lead the partnership and a God-glorifying direction.” (recovering Biblical manhood and womanhood, 95)
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My purpose in this essay is to demonstrate from that both male-female equality and male headship, properly defined, were instituted by God at creation and remain permanent, beneficent of human existence. Let me defined male-female equality: man and woman are equal in the sense that they bear God’s image equally. Let me also define Male headship: in the partnership of two spiritually equal human beings, man and woman, the man bears the primary responsibility to lead the partnership and a God-glorifying direction.” (recovering Biblical manhood and womanhood, 95)
at the heart of mature masculinity is a sense of benevolent responsibility to lead, provide for, and protect women in ways appropriate to a man's differing relationship. (what's the difference? Manhood and womanhood defined according to the Bible, 22)
“at the heart of mature masculinity is a sense of benevolent responsibility to lead, provide for, and protect women in ways appropriate to a man's differing relationship. (what's the difference? Manhood and womanhood defined according to the Bible, 22)
Understand the unique way women were created:
A popular view today is that woman's subordinate role is a result of the fall. Since God reversed the effects of the curse through Christ, some argue, he abolished differing male and female roles. Paul however, grounds women's subordinate role in the order of creation, not in the fall: (). Eve was created after Adam to be his helper she was designed to follow his lead, Live on his provisions, and find safety and his strength. Such tendencies were from that point on built into all women, but with the fall came conflict. (different by design, 141)
A popular view today is that woman's subordinate role is a result of the fall. Since God reversed the effects of the curse through Christ, some argue, he abolished differing male and female roles. Paul however, grounds women's subordinate role in the order of creation, not in the fall: (). Eve was created after Adam to be his helper she was designed to follow his lead, Live on his provisions, and find safety and his strength. Such tendencies were from that point on built into all women, but with the fall came conflict. (different by design, 141)
At the heart of mature femininity is a freeing disposition to affirm, receive, and nurture strength and leadership from worthy men in ways appropriate we woman's differing relationships. (what's the difference? Manhood and womanhood defined according to the Bible, 22)
At the heart of mature femininity is a freeing disposition to affirm, receive, and nurture strength and leadership from worthy men in ways appropriate we woman's differing relationships. (what's the difference? Manhood and womanhood defined according to the Bible, 22)
Married women can find joy and satisfaction in fulfilling their God-given role.
We don't look to our culture to find our feminine identity; we don't consult our feelings to discover our purpose. Everything that we are in everything we do must be rooted in God… we are are intentionally and purposefully created. We are planned in foreordained determination of an all-wise, all-powerful, and all-loving God. (Biblical womanhood in the home, 23)
We don't look to our culture to find our feminine identity; we don't consult our feelings to discover our purpose. Everything that we are in everything we do must be rooted in God… we are are intentionally and purposefully created. We are planned in foreordained determination of an all-wise, all-powerful, and all-loving God. (Biblical womanhood in the home, 23)
It is God himself who decrees that man's solitude is not good, and it is God himself who sets out to complete one of the central designs of creation, namely, man and woman in marriage. ‘it is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’ Don't miss that central and all-important statement: god himself will make a being perfectly suited for him - a wife. (this momentary marriage, 21)
It is God himself who decrees that man's solitude is not good, and it is God himself who sets out to complete one of the central designs of creation, namely, man and woman in marriage. ‘it is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’ Don't miss that central and all-important statement: god himself will make a being perfectly suited for him - a wife. (this momentary marriage, 21)
You display your femininity by coming alongside your husband and helping him in the task that God has given him. (Biblical womanhood in the home, 23)
You display your femininity by coming alongside your husband and helping him in the task that God has given him. (Biblical womanhood in the home, 23)
Completing him in companionship with each other
Completing him in sexual relationship with each other
Completing him in the responsibilities he has to fulfill
The man needs the help; the woman needs to help. Marriage was created by God to provide a companionship in the labor of dominion. The cultural mandate, the requirement to fill and subdue the earth, is still in force, and a husband cannot fulfill this portion of the task in isolation. He needs the companion suitable for him in the work to which God has called him. To the work and must receive help from her. She is called to the work through ministering to him. He is oriented to the task, and she is oriented to him. (reforming marriage, 19)
The man needs the help; the woman needs to help. Marriage was created by God to provide a companionship in the labor of dominion. The cultural mandate, the requirement to fill and subdue the earth, is still in force, and a husband cannot fulfill this portion of the task in isolation. He needs the companion suitable for him in the work to which God has called him. To the work and must receive help from her. She is called to the work through ministering to him. He is oriented to the task, and she is oriented to him. (reforming marriage, 19)
Completing him in the parenting process
Completing him in exercising the spiritual gifts within the church
Completing him and reaching out to the community
Made in gods image, men and women are also equal but different. Equal before God as persons, we have been given distinctly different roles. In the marriage relationship, man is to lead, and woman is to follow his lead. In the beginning, Eve rebelled against God, rejecting his Will regarding the forbidden tree, and then encouraged her husband to follow her lead. When Adam joined her, failing to lead his wife in godliness, they overturned the good order of creation. Ever since that day, there has been a war between the sexes. (Biblical womanhood in the home, 121)
Made in gods image, men and women are also equal but different. Equal before God as persons, we have been given distinctly different roles. In the marriage relationship, man is to lead, and woman is to follow his lead. In the beginning, Eve rebelled against God, rejecting his Will regarding the forbidden tree, and then encouraged her husband to follow her lead. When Adam joined her, failing to lead his wife in godliness, they overturned the good order of creation. Ever since that day, there has been a war between the sexes. (Biblical womanhood in the home, 121)
Submission isn't a matter who is smarter for most deserving. Submission in marriage is simply another reflection of the beautiful pattern of the roles seen in the Trinity. (helper by design, 147)
Submission isn't a matter who is smarter for most deserving. Submission in marriage is simply another reflection of the beautiful pattern of the roles seen in the Trinity. (helper by design, 147)
Submission is good because it is God’s divine plan for function and order
As a Christian woman, submitting to my husband is not an option; it is obediently following God’s plan for order in marriage, a plan that has existed from the beginning. (Biblical womanhood in the home, 122)
As a Christian woman, submitting to my husband is not an option; it is obediently following God’s plan for order in marriage, a plan that has existed from the beginning. (Biblical womanhood in the home, 122)
But God, the perfect artist, designed marriage to be beautiful, natural, and functional by giving it a single head, the husband. Thank you, Lord, that marriage is your work of art. (a woman after gods own heart, 80)
But God, the perfect artist, designed marriage to be beautiful, natural, and functional by giving it a single head, the husband. Thank you, Lord, that marriage is your work of art. (a woman after gods own heart, 80)
Submission as a way of life for every believer, not Just the wife
Reveals one's love for God
God is not partial to males or females. Although equal in that regard, the wife should take the attitude of the Lord Jesus Christ, one of submissive servanthood, to carry out her God intended role in the marriage. (the excellent wife, 139)
God is not partial to males or females. Although equal in that regard, the wife should take the attitude of the Lord Jesus Christ, one of submissive servanthood, to carry out her God intended role in the marriage. (the excellent wife, 139)
A lack of submission started when Satan rejected God and rebelled
Isaiah 14:13–14 ESV
You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’
The Gospel redeems all humanity from the challenge of submission
Since Jesus is the only perfect leader, we all face the challenge the following imperfect leadership and home.
Am I willing for God to make me thankful for my husband’s failures so that I can learn what it means to be like Christ, a friend of sinners? (helper by design, 53)
Am I willing for God to make me thankful for my husband’s failures so that I can learn what it means to be like Christ, a friend of sinners? (helper by design, 53)
Scripture is clear that the wife is to be submissive to her husband in all things unless her husband asks her to sin. (helper by design, 143)
We don't live in an ideal world or with ideal man who perfectly followed the Ephesians instruction to love their wives as Christ loved the church and lay down his life for her. Like Adam, many husbands fail to lead (or sacrificially love). And like Eve, many wives rationalize about submission, inwardly mouthing Satan's condescending question, ‘surely God didn't really say that!’ (Biblical womanhood in the home, 122)
We don't live in an ideal world or with ideal man who perfectly followed the Ephesians instruction to love their wives as Christ loved the church and lay down his life for her. Like Adam, many husbands fail to lead (or sacrificially love). And like Eve, many wives rationalize about submission, inwardly mouthing Satan's condescending question, ‘surely God didn't really say that!’ (Biblical womanhood in the home, 122)
Our submission to our husbands preaches a lovelier and more powerful sermon that our mouths ever could. Conduct counts! (a woman after gods own heart, 82)
She should respect his position.
The wife is to respond respectfully to her husband because of his God-given position… this respect is not only an outward show, but also inward heart attitude of obedience to God. (the excellent wife, 109)
The wife is to respond respectfully to her husband because of his God-given position… this respect is not only an outward show, but also inward heart attitude of obedience to God. (the excellent wife, 109)
A godly wife Will not only show respect to her husband's position during the difficult times, such as his sin or his failure, but she will also showed respect on a daily basis when he is just an everyday, ordinary person. (the excellent wife ,110)
A godly wife Will not only show respect to her husband's position during the difficult times, such as his sin or his failure, but she will also showed respect on a daily basis when he is just an everyday, ordinary person. (the excellent wife ,110)
Remember that respect begins in the heart: develop a godly attitude towards your husband
Example: “honey, can you help me understand why you made that statement?” vs. “I can't believe you said that to me!”
Deserve / Desire?
It's easy to believe that we would be better at our calling if he were better at his. If he was being the kind of husband he was called to be, then it would be easy for me to be what I'm called to be, we Think. We have to wrestle with the reality that in thinking in this way we are expecting for husbands to be something that we aren’t - sinless - and we're making our faithful obedience contingent on something other than Jesus Christ. (helper by design, 53)
It's easy to believe that we would be better at our calling if he were better at his. If he was being the kind of husband he was called to be, then it would be easy for me to be what I'm called to be, we Think. We have to wrestle with the reality that in thinking in this way we are expecting for husbands to be something that we aren’t - sinless - and we're making our faithful obedience contingent on something other than Jesus Christ. (helper by design, 53)
in the life of your husband
In the life of your children
When I hear women whining about their husbands faults to friends, and I catch myself speaking to my husband in tones that don't sound honoring, I want to shout, ’Stop! Stop yourself, Barbara! Think of the consequences!’ Our attitudes and words are teaching the next generation. (Biblical womanhood in the home, 128)
When I hear women whining about their husbands faults to friends, and I catch myself speaking to my husband in tones that don't sound honoring, I want to shout, ’Stop! Stop yourself, Barbara! Think of the consequences!’ Our attitudes and words are teaching the next generation. (Biblical womanhood in the home, 128)
In God's sight, a trusting heart is precious, a word that means “of the highest value” or “extremely expensive.” What makes this attitude so valuable? First, its rarity, and second, the price that was paid to obtain it. Only a heart that's drenched in the precious blood of Christ finds its peace and rest in him. You can rest in him, lovingly speaking and living the truth before your husband, knowing that God holds you gently in the palm of his hand. Your faith is precious to him, and he'll sustain you in peaceful trust. (helper by design, 191)
In God's sight, a trusting heart is precious, a word that means “of the highest value” or “extremely expensive.” What makes this attitude so valuable? First, its rarity, and second, the price that was paid to obtain it. Only a heart that's drenched in the precious blood of Christ finds its peace and rest in him. You can rest in him, lovingly speaking and living the truth before your husband, knowing that God holds you gently in the palm of his hand. Your faith is precious to him, and he'll sustain you in peaceful trust. (helper by design, 191)
Proverbs 31.10
Proverbs 31.28
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Sisters in Christ, we must discipline ourselves to submit to God's will for marriage relationships - to live as our husband's helpers, submitting to and respecting their position, gracefully developing a gentle and quiet spirit. This is God's will in the Gospel. (Biblical womanhood in the home, 129)
Sisters in Christ, we must discipline ourselves to submit to God's will for marriage relationships - to live as our husband's helpers, submitting to and respecting their position, gracefully developing a gentle and quiet spirit. This is God's will in the Gospel. (Biblical womanhood in the home, 129)
Galatians 6:8 ESV
For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
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