Ephesians 5:21 says, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ,” but I think there is some misunderstanding about what it means to submit to each other.
If we misunderstand what Paul is saying here, and what God is asking of us, I worry we might resist the idea of submission.
On the other hand, if we correctly understand godly submission, I believe it can influence and transform every relationship in our lives.
Here are seven things I think we must do in order to submit to one another.
1. Carry each other’s burdens.
Burdens can be failures, anxieties, fears, sins, temptations and so much more.
Galatians 6:1-2 says that if a brother is caught in sin, those who “live by the Spirit” should “restore that person gently.” This requires more than just a simple rebuke. This requires walking with a person through their trial, mourning with them as they mourn, celebrating as they celebrate.
Judgement is easy. Friendship is hard.
Carry each other’s burdens, and you will (as Paul says in Galatians) “fulfill the law of Christ.”
2. Challenge each other.
Hebrews 10:24 says it best. “Consider how we might spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”
I love that word consider. It’s as if Paul is inviting us to get creative. Think of ways you can inspire and motivate each other. This will look different for each person and each relationship.
But consider how you might help your kids and parents and co-workers grow into who they were made to be in Christ.