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Order in the Home (1 Corinthians 11:3)

Introductory Thoughts

As the world seeks to further weaken any distinctions between men and women, it becomes even more important to stand firm upon God’s principles. God has a defined order in the home and the worldly attitudes do not alter God’s precepts. Someone has to be the leader of each home and bear the responsibility. According to 1 Corinthians 11:3, the proper order is a woman submitted to a man, who is submitted to Christ, who is submitted to the heavenly Father. Christ’s submission to the Father in no way suggested inferiority to the Father, nor does a submissive wife indicate any type of inferiority to her husband. In fact, it takes a stronger woman to follow God’s plan of submission. A godly home follows the scripture even when it contradicts the generally accepted teachings of the day.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). How could anyone play Follow the Leader if everyone decided that they wanted to be the leader? God set up the order of leadership in the home (Ephesians 5:22-23; Ephesians 6:1).
  • (For everyone): The order of the home was established in Genesis 3:16, if not earlier. Why is it important that the husband/father be the head of the home?
  • The fact that the man is to be the head of the home in no way suggests that he is better than the wife/mother. How can this be proven from 1 Corinthians 11:3?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask the Lord to restore the proper order to your home.
  • Ask God to help each member of the family to fulfil his/her role.