Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:21
The chaos that exists in the homes of believers is simply due to us not obeying and following the Word of God. What has led us to our state of continuing compromise? The key (answer) to opening the Unity door is the willful act of submission.
Submission is defined as: “the action or fact of accepting or yielding to a superior force or to the will or authority of another person.”
Submission has a few antonyms; but can be accurately described with one powerful word: Defiance!
Defiance is defined as “open resistance; bold disobedience.”
Sin=Defiance against God!
Parents have defied God by allowing their children to become their friends. The standards for obedience have been relaxed in favor of timeouts, and let’s sit down and talk about this like adults. I have even heard parents make statements such as, “He/She gets that stubbornness from his/her father” or “I don’t know why he/she is like this.” The most interesting situation is when the child is 18 or older and still living at home with their parents; often parents relax the rules of the home and feel that they are no longer responsible for the decisions or behaviors of their adult-child.
The 5th commandment found in Exodus 20:12, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you,” does not include age parameters. If you as a parent have become unsure of what God requires of your adult-children, then let us refer to Joshua 24:15: But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve…But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD. Also refer to Ephesians 6:1-3.
In Ephesians 5:21-33, God provides in no uncertain terms His standards for the relationship between Husbands and Wives. Complete submission to God creates the same loving and unified bond that Christ has for His church. When the home is filled with humble prayer, Bible study, supplication (asking for something earnestly or humbly), and reverence; it is not possible for Satan to gain a stronghold through DISUNITY.
God has given explicit commands for the conduct and atmosphere of a Christian home. It is to be full of harmony and complete with joy as reflected by husbands and wives, parents, children, and anyone else residing in the home to submit reverently to God, and to each other.
Prayer for today: Dear God, Please forgive me for the sinful defiance in my heart against you. From this day forward, I will submit to your will and your way for my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz