Call him "lord"?
Ouchie! Call him “lord” - are you kidding? Do you KNOW this guy?!
For in the same way the holy women who hoped in God long ago adorned themselves by being subject to their husbands, like Sarah who obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. You become her children when you do what is good and have no fear in doing so.
What in the WORLD does this MEAN? Male dominance, and female subservience, “never question, just obey” nonsense? No! The twisted “patriarchal” movement? No way.
What then does calling your man “lord” mean? And what does “fear” have to do with it?
WELL sisters, it’s not complicated, thankfully.
And it is far far FAR from an egregious subservient “shut up and obey” any mere human.
Here is what it “is” and don’t forget the PROMISE and BLESSING that God Promises here in 1Peter, chapter 3 when you do put your heart into calling your husband, “lord.”
And God also said that FEAR would be an obstacle. Perhaps pride and selfishness and independence were too obvious as obstacles to even mention. But, FEAR is certainly an issue in letting go and embracing your “lord”. [Ouch! In our culture that sounds so amazingly bad and dangerous to quote God in 1Peter! But, there it is. With a Promise.]
So, what does it MEAN to call him and FEEL it as “lord”? It’s not about oppression or subservience or second-class, we KNOW. As “co-Heir” is the ONLY way Jesus has ever treated HIS Bride!
So, let’s get on with it. What DOES it mean to call and act as a mere human husband is “lord”?
Simply this: when we give our lives to JESUS as Lord, it means
1) we FOREVER lose our own identity and independence, and
2) we FOREVER give away our choice to pull away or take back our identity and independence, and
3) our security AND His with us will NEVER again be at stake, and
4) we are no longer “lost” - but now have a Secure path, though substantially and predominantly Still totally unknown to us.
This LETTING GO certainly does initiate the possibility of “fear” if we have been wounded in childhood or adulthood, or if we are pridefully stubborn about our superiority to others, or our spouse.
BUT THERE IS THAT PROMISE! GRAB THAT!! Up to you.
Maybe Trust and Abandonment forever is in order, just as it was with Jesus to ever have HIM and His Blessing?