Main Scriptures: Eph.5:1-2
More Scriptures: Phil.3:17, 1Thess.1:6, Eph.5:1
Be ye therefore followers of God as dear children, and walk in love as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour (Eph.5:1-2)
The above Scripture was an admonition from Apostle Paul. Paul was speaking to his followers. He said to them to be followers of God and that they should walk in love. This is because Jesus Christ is the perfect example. The Bible tells us that we should look unto Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith (Heb.12:2).
Now let us put this in perspective. As the head of your family and the shepherd over your sheep, you are a follower of Jesus Christ. In Eph.5:25, the Scripture says that husbands love thy wife as Christ has loved the church (Eph.5:25). So, everything that makes for good and godly husband-hood in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life. He has the plan that will make you succeed in your position as the head of your family. So, the same way God has ordained your wife and children to be your followers, so does He want you to follow Him. Your wife and children are to follow you as their leader. They are supposed to look up to you as their mentor and example. You provide the plan, guide and direction for them. So, you are more like a reference.
However, God wants your wife and children to follow you in the path of righteousness because you are following Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. That is the will of God. But for you to lead your wife and children to doing the things that are right, you must first be a doer of every instruction that Jesus Christ has laid for you in His word-the Bible. It is your walk with God that determines how much influence you will have over your wife and children. Most importantly, your life must demonstrate an unwavering submission to the will of God, from His Word- the Bible. What this means is that the word of God is your final authority. As a husband, if your wife and children have become rebellious or resist following you, you must ask yourself these following questions. Am I living a transparent life that my wife and children can emulate? Have I truly been a worthy mentor to them? Do my actions towards them and the things of God agree with what I say? Have I said something negative or did something different? Your wife and children are watching you. If they don’t see you as a worthy example, they will not follow you no matter how much you shout or intimidate them. Therefore, it is important for you to continually examine your life to see if you are still doing the right thing to God and to them.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, baptize me with an undying love for Your word.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, let my life bring You glory and honour.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me to submit my will to the power of Your word.
I renew my commitment to following Jesus Chris in truth and in Spirit because that is what I require to impact my wife and children as a good and godly husband in Jesus Name. Amen