meek·ly – | mēklē |
humbly, patiently, submissively, gently, or kindly
lov·ing – | ləviNG |
the demonstration of love or great care
Let’s start with every woman’s favorite word: submission.
“Wives, submit to your own husbands…” – Ephesians 5:22
“Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that a man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’” – Genesis 2:18
Women were created as HELPERS. This means we should assist, encourage, support, and lift up our husbands as we travel through life together. A woman’s role in a marriage is equally as important as a man’s; because without both halves, you can’t make a whole. God made women FOR men and (literally) FROM a man’s rib (see Genesis 2).
The rest of Ephesians 5:22 says this – “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the LORD.”
Marriage is made to represent Christ and the church (see Ephesians 5), and ALL children of God are called to be submissive to Him and His will for us.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God.” – James 4:7
When we submit to The Lord, we are giving Him authority and control over our lives. This submission can be shown in numerous ways, but I’ll just be focusing on one: loving others.
“A new commandment I give to you: love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” – John 13:34
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” – John 15:12
“These things I command you, so that you will love one another.” – John 15:17
“Love one another with brotherly affection.” – Romans 12:10
“…love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” – Romans 13:8
“…bearing with one another in love.” – Ephesians 4:2
“Let all that you do be done in love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:14
“…love one another earnestly from a pure heart.” – 1 Peter 1:22
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” – 1 Peter 5:14
“…love one another, just as he has commanded us.” – 1 John 4:7
“…if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” – 1 John 4:11
“…whoever loves God must also love his brother.” – 1 John 4:21
According to Bible Gateway, the word “love” is found in the Bible 684 times(!!!), so it must be important.
Need I say more? God very clearly calls us to love others. When we do this, we are showing our submission to The Lord through our obedience: we are both honoring Him and changing the lives of others.
So there you have it. I want to make it my goal to live out the “Meekly Loving” name – to kindly love others by submitting to Christ and to my husband, and I hope you feel encouraged to do the same.
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