Family and Relationships
Roles in Marriage
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Jan 11, 2018

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The contrast between what God expects from the husband and what He expects from the wife is clear in Scripture. The roles are complementary. These roles were planned by Almighty God, all-wise, to enable the husband and the wife to function together rather than bumping into each other. Marriage roles were designed to contribute rather than deprive, to offer freedom rather than shackles.

Husbands and wives have distinctive roles. That is the way God created everything. He separated things. He separated light from darkness, and He called them day and night. He created men and women with different needs, different positions, and different roles.

Marriage roles were designed to contribute rather than deprive, to offer freedom rather than shackles.

When Eve ate the fruit and disobeyed what she knew was the command of God, she was claiming her own rights. What Eve saw as her right had nothing to do with the will of God. Rather than reaping contentment and joy, clinging to her own rights caused her to reap discontentment and sorrow. Contentment and joy do not come when you get all your rights. They come when you obey God.

The Word of God commands wives to submit to their husbands. That means that wives shouldn't try to compete with their husbands, but rather they should encourage them and help them to occupy their proper place as the head of the home. Wives, love your husbands. Pray for your husbands. Give them respect and honor them as you honor the Lord, and the Lord will reward you.

Prayer: God, thank You for the distinctive roles You've given husbands and wives. Help us to embrace them, and open our eyes to see the benefit and wisdom of them. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord" (Ephesians 5:22).