The Woman’s Role in Marriage

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“Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well…” —1st Peter 3:6

Here are the dear words of a great man of God, Dr. Curtis Hutson concerning the woman’s role in marriage . . .

You are not responsible for how your husband plays his role, but you are responsible for how well you play your role. You are to show the world the relationship of the church of Christ, and your part is to make the church look best you can. It is the husband’s part to make Christ look as good to the world as he can by playing the part of Christ.

You say, “What if he doesn’t try very hard? What if he messes up? What if he gives me a tough time? You mean I still have to play my role?” Yes.

The Holy Spirit says, “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ. so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.”

She says, “In every thing?”

“Yes, every thing.”

I made a mistake as a young pastor that I corrected later. I told a lady, when her husband told her not to go to church, “You just tell him you are going to church anyway. You are going to live for God.” I gave her unscriptural advice. You are to be to your husband what the church is to Christ—submissive, obedient.

It is like buttoning up a shirt—if you get one button right, you get the rest right. If you get your role right and keep it right, no matter how much pressure comes—and you can believe there is going to be pressure—it will work out right. A preacher once said, “Do good and it will be good.”

Did you know the whole life is pressure? You are like a vessel on a potter’s wheel. God is forming your life, and He makes you form the pressures that come to your life. When you say, “I do,” and the curtain goes up, it is like getting inside a pressure cooker…

Submission is a right attitude, recognizing that the husband is the head. That doesn’t mean the wife can’t make suggestions—that she can’t tell him what she wants. But the husband is to lead the home, and he is make the final decision.

Someone says, “Now, wait a minute. I have said, ‘I do,’ The drama is on. I know my role. Now, what is my husband’s role?”

Well, if he were here, I would tell him. I might say that his script is a little longer than yours, a little more detailed. But there is no need to talk about him; he is not here. Your role is to be submissive. Look at Titus 2. Your role is to love your husband. Your role is to be discrete, chaste, keepers at home. Did you know a woman’s home is her career? It should be…

I must confess I have not been as much like Christ as I wanted to be. I must confess I haven’t tried very hard at times. It is easy to forget your role. When your husband asks you to do something, it is easy to say, “Do it yourself. I am not your slave.”

Remember, you are not playing the role of the church when you do that.

SOURCE: Chapter 3 of Dr. Curtis Hutson’s excellent book, The Woman’s Role

I don’t think much more needs to be said… Pastor Hutson is Biblically right.

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