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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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