Today I will continue on the topic of "How To Have A Happy Home". You may recall that a Happy Home has four foundational truths found in Ephesians 5 & 6. These truths are Leadership, Involvement, Security, and Relationships. In out last session, I began dealing with Leadership In The Home and I gave you two of a four part discussion on this important thought. Let's continue with the final two points. (3)Successful Leadership Enables Others To Perform Their Responsibilit-ies. Ephesians 5:24 states, "Therefore as the Church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything". Notice the word "subject" in verse 24. The word means to rank in order. In the Biblical context, the husband is to provide servant, loving leadership and the rest of the family is to be "ranked" in order so that they follow his leadership. When the husband provides the leadership in an atmosphere of love, he provides the opportunity for his wife and children to respond freely and completely to his leadership. I sincerely believe that they will gladly fulfill their God ordained duties with confidence when the husband provides Biblical leadership. When a husband and father doesn't lead he prevents his wife and children from doing their duty. How can they follow when he is not leading? When he is cruel, cold, critical, and complaining he does not encourage others to follow him or support him. As a result, he keeps them from completing their re-sponsibilities. When this takes place the home is frustrated and defeated. When the "head" is not f unctioning the body is paralyzed. Nothing works in that kind of environment. Instead of a happy home you have a home that is falling apart. The home disintegrates into ill will, angry words, arguments, pouting, and criticism. The home possess an unhappy wife and disobedient children. Without leadership you are left with a dysfunctional family. (4) Successful Leadership Realizes The Importance Of Accountability. Notice the number of times Christ is mentioned in Ephesians 5. Verse 22 states, "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands as unto the Lord". Verse 23, "For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the Church". Verse 24, "Therefore as the Church is subject unto Christ". Verse 25, "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church". The husband is to lead and love even as Christ and the wife is to submit as unto the Lord. When we do this for Christ we are accountable to Christ. Christ is our model. He is our authority. He is our judge. If we fail in these important responsibilities, then we will be accountable unto Christ. Furthermore, we must be accountable to each other. All of us must bear the responsibility. We must do our duty. Your home will never be truly happy until you have loving, servant leadership from the husband and loving submission from the wife. This is God's method for the home. Remember, if you would have a happy home you must have Leadership In The Home.
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