Because of abuse, there is justified concern about teaching on the subject of submission as it relates to the Christian life and Christian marriage. Submission as I understand it, is a gift even as it is a discipline. In times of trouble when pain and confusion overwhelm, submission is a gift. In other times, the heart which is able to submit itself to the will of God, is better able to receive reality as it is and as such can live soberly and wisely.
I am thinking a lot about weddings and marriages this week. Here is a sonnet based on the Apostle Paul’s words on marriage from Ephesians 5.
This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Ephesians 5:32, 33
We love love, its intoxicating draught;
Our hearts swim and sway as we fall,
And we reach for the other as a life raft;
In their eyes we are lovely, no longer small.
And no dignity that self-respect affords
Could ever stoop so low as to admit
That submission could ever be a lovely word;
We recoil embarrassed and flatly reject it.
Yet the True, the Beautiful, and Good, lays aside
Records no wrongs nor insists in its own way
Submission in love does not shamefully deride
But rejoices and respects does not deny or betray.
Do not despise love that in weakness steps down;
You’re kneeling with the One who set aside his crown.
© Randy Edwards
artwork: The Formation of Eve by Gustave Dore