Submission isn’t Stupidity

Ephesians 5:21: “Submit to one another.”

“Her husband is having an affair, and she knows it,” one of the ladies in Sunday school said. “He told his wife she can’t have her name on any of their accounts any longer, and she has to give him all the money.”

I sat in shock as I listened to that conversation.

The woman continued, “The Bible says she is supposed to submit to her husband.” She looked around at us and asked, “What is she supposed to do?”

“Submission isn’t stupidity,” I said. “She shouldn’t help her husband to sin by helping him to continue his affair and forget his marriage vows to her.”

Now the woman who talked to us about that situation raised her brows and stared at me. The others remained silent.

I explained that Ephesians 5:25 says, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”

“What about verse 21?” I asked. “Had the woman forgotten about that verse too? And verse 28, ‘In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.’”

“That is the problem with taking a verse out of context to plead one’s case or satisfy one’s selfish desires.”

“Daily Bible study of a book or chapter with a Bible dictionary and concordance help me look at the context.”

Dear God, help me read the Bible in context daily. Amen.

  In what situation will you search the context of a Bible verse this week before you make a decision?

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