Monday, May 18, 2009

Marriage Monday "Adapt Yourself"

Wives, be subject (be submissive and adapt yourselves) to your own husbands as [a service] to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:22)

I love the amplified version of these verses. As I was studying these verses the word adapt really struck me.

We often hear the word submit or submissive pertaining to our role as wives, but it sure does get a bad rap sometimes, doesn’t it? One’s pride and ignorance easily bucks up against having to submit to another.

Today let's focus on the word adapt. This word seems easy for me to wrap my mind around. The challenge for this week is to look for opportunities to adapt yourself or your plans to your husband's. Start small, practice on the easy things. Make it a habit to adapt yourself to him! It just might make the bigger things easier ~ one could hope, right? ;-)

If he has an opinion of which order something should be done, do it his way.

Maybe he thinks you should take this route instead of the way you would take. Simply keep your mouth closed and adapt yourself to his way.

Maybe it is adapting to his way of parenting, dress, finances ect. Whatever it is, look for ways to adapt yourself to him!

Synonyms for adapt: adjust, accommodate, conform, reconcile. Adapt implies a modification according to changing circumstances, "adapted themselves to the warmer climate" (or your husband! ;-). Accommodate may suggest yielding or compromising.

What ways can you, out of your love for your Lord, adapt yourself to your husband?

Okay, I have to share this one. I was looking this verse up in our 'Interlinear Scripture Analyzer', it wasn't making sense to me so I asked my two older sons what they thought it was saying, being the Latin and Hebrew geeks that they are.

This is how it was on the computer:

"The women (wives) to the own men (husbands) as to the Master"

Out of the mouth of babes. . .this was their response, said so matter-of-factly.

"Women be to your husbands as you are to the Lord."

Isn't that good?! Sounds simple, right? If we were to our husbands as we are to the Lord we would be fulfilling the command in this verse!


Buildeth Her House said...

What man wouldn't want praise and worship from their wives? I can see how this would make any husband feel like a king and the best part about it, you'd be treated like a queen for your efforts.

Noel said...

From personal experience, I've found I can change (out of love) much easier and faster than my husband is able to. God didn't make men to change with circumstances, he made them to stand fast and firm for a reason. God's design is a beautiful thing!

bookflutterby said...

So true! The Bible gives the simplest is we who complicate them. Thank you for sharing this!