Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18)
Pride has been the downfall of many influential and anointed people. Why? Because the Bible teaches that mutual submission is the key to success in leading a church, business, or a family.
Yes, the man is called to be the head of the home, but husbands and wives are equally called to submit to one another in love. Being the head of the household does not mean that you are the only one whose ideas or opinions matter. That’s not being a real leader; that’s being a dictator.
There are times in my house that Pastor Deborah opposes my ideas. She's a smart woman. She knows the Word of God, and she hears from the Holy Ghost! I have no problem listening and submitting to the wisdom she offers.
When you hear a man always affirming that he is “the head of his house,” it often indicates he isn’t. He is, however, trying to convince you and everyone else that he is in control. Continually harping about how big and bad you are is a sign of a prideful attitude. Pride will never serve you well and will always end in destruction.
Submission is an act of love and humility. Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less and others more. When we are humble, we are willing to submit to each other with the attitude of wanting to do what is best for others, not just for ourselves.
Mutual submission is born out of our love for others. When we care about people, we desire to hear them out and understand where they are coming from. It is not a sign of weakness. Instead, submitting to one another shows strength of character and a powerful demonstration of your authority in Christ.
Practical Application – Next time someone has a different opinion than you, hear them out humbly and try to understand them with an attitude of mutual submission.
1 Corinthians 16:16; Ephesians 5:21