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Colossians 3:18 and 19 says “Wives, submit to your husbands, as it is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.”
First, I want to examine the situation before I dissect the verses. The wife was considered a servant and the husband the master. Pretty sad. The man and woman were made to love each other and to strengthen each other and bond in Christ. So Paul wrote this part in the letter to straighten out the lifestyles of the Christians.
So Paul said that the wife is to submit and the husband to love. Submission doesn’t mean the husband is better. Warren W. Wiersbe said, “A wife...has little difficulty submitting to her husband who loves her.”
Yet the husband is the head and the wife the body, just like the fact that Christ the head and the church is the body, the husband must treat the wife with love and the wife should show respect to the husband. The husband shouldn’t be bossing the wife around and be harsh to her. What the husband asks of to the wife should be done with love, thinking about her. The old way of master-servant was not a Christian marriage. The man does hold the keys to leadership, but the husband is not perfect.
Together, the man and woman should love each other with agape. The man must die for the woman if it comes to that. Sacrificial love is involved. And in everyday life, your life is never gonna be fully 50/50, when one does half of the duties and the other does the other half. You must be prepared that you will have to do things the other hasn’t been able to do or finish. But that’s no excuse to be lazy.
To wrap it all up, I have something to say. Husbands, there is a precious soul in your gasp. You don’t let that flower wither, for she has a fragile spirit. You protect her. And you cherish her. Wives, your muscle man can deteriorate if you don’t respect him. He loves you and wants the best for you. You respect him. And you love him. To both husbands and wives, words and actions may be forgotten, but the impact stays. Treat each other with love. Encourage one another. The world is watching you. If your actions don’t match up, your words are futile.
Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Complete
William Barclay, The Letters to the Philippians, Colossians, and the Thessalonians
Robert Morris, The Power Of Your Words
Richard Melick, Philippians, Colossians & Philemon: New American Commentary
The Expositor's Bible Commentary-Abridged Volume 2: New Testament
Josh Taylor, Four Relationship Clichés (That Are Just Wrong)
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