WHO AM I IN CHRIST AS A WIFE
Who is a wife?
During creation in the book of Genesis, when God created all things and man, He saw that everything was good. But in the 2nd chapter God saw that in spite of all the animals and beautiful things He created man was still lonely and God said that it is not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2 v 18 NLT). Then God made man to fall into deep sleep and He created this wonderful creature a strong help meet just right for man, and then in Genesis 2 v 23 NLT) At last the man exclaimed this is the bone of my bone and the flesh of my flesh, she shall be called woman because she was taken from man.
God created us in an environment of mutuality to be a source of corresponding reciprocal power and strength. A Wife is the supporter, rightful helper of the man(Husband). He that finds a wife, finds a good thing and obtains favour from the Lord. Wives are not only a good thing to have they are also favour to their husbands.
WHAT RELATIONSHIP DO I HAVE WITH CHRIST AS A WIFE
As wives we are called by Christ to serve our home (Husband and Children), we are called the home maker not because we are maids, but because in us God has deposited the help just right for our man/husband, right from creation. See Genesis 2 v 23
The woman plays a vital role in the kingdom of Christ because we are the vessels of which princes, kings and rulers are been born on earth. Jesus in His ministry on earth never showed any discrimination between the man and the woman, some of the parables He made concerning the kingdom of heaven, He illustrates using the woman see (Matthew 25 v 1-13, Luke 4 v 24-26, Luke 21 v 1-4).
Jesus in His ministry shows with every encounter He had with women, the love the Heavenly father holds for women and their worth, compared to how they where treated at the time. Even in the old testament we were described as daughters of Zion, Proverbs 31 tells us of what God thinks of us as women.
Woman is the vehicle of which God connects with the family- He is the head of the man, with the women below and then the children, she connects both the children and the husband back to the maker. 1st Peter 3 v 7 tells us that a man’s prayers can be hindered if he mistreats the wife/woman.
Women are God’s precious gift that He gave to man, Ephesians 5 v 25, Asks the man to give himself to the woman, just as Christ did for us all. John 3 v 16.
So God must hold the woman so close for Him to ask the man to give himself to her daily.
WHAT AM I CALLED TO DO AS A WIFE/WOMAN.
The role of the wife is clearly described in the Bible. Although males and females are equal in relationship to Christ, the Bible gives specific roles to both the husband and the wife in marriage. When studying the role of the wife in the Bible, it is important to understand how God designed the family unit.
There are ranks described—Christ, the husband, the wife, and then the children. You would not expect to walk into a doctor’s office and be greeted by the doctor, measured and weighed by the receptionist, and then treated by the nurse. Right? There are certain orders to things because that’s what works. It’s the same way with God’s design in the family unit. It works smoothly, when done His way.
Ephesians 5 speaks of the wife’s role in the marriage. Verse 22-24 says, “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Saviour. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.”
And again Colossians 3:18-19. It says, “Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.” From these verses we see that love and respect characterize the roles of both husbands and wives. If these are present, then authority, headship, love, and submission will be no problem for either spouse.
As wives, we are given these roles, among others:
The role we have as wives is that of encouraging and helping our husbands. When we try to make it any more, or any less, that’s when we run into trouble. Like the old saying goes, that the husband is the head of the home, and the wife is the neck. The neck supports the head, and helps the head to fulfil its duties.
• Mentors – Titus 2:4-5 says, “Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” We are expected to be mentors both to our daughters, the younger sisters around us and also to our husbands.
• Witnesses – 1 Peter 3:1 says, “Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behaviour of their wives.” According to this verse we can actually change the attitudes or behaviour of our husbands that is not in line with the word of God by our behaviour towards them, not by fighting or nagging.
• Examples – 1 Timothy 3:11 says, “In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.
We are to be temperate, slow to anger and be an example of peace. We should carry ourselves with grace and make sure we respond to everyone with respect, simplicity and politeness.
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