Mutual Submission

Tom McCrossan

READ : Ephesians 5:21

The country song says it so well: “Pride is the chief cause in the decline in the number of husbands and wives.” What a key verse this is! Paul takes this key principle and expands it in chapter 5, verses 22, to chapter 6, verse 9, giving examples of its practical outworking in three sets of personal relationships.

Mutual submission out of reverence for Christ is required of all Christians: man to man, woman to woman, man to woman, young to old, rich to poor, slave to free. Each of the following three sets of rela tionships is an example of the outworking of the principle of mutual submission whether the actual word is used or not!

The best commentary on submission is Scripture itself: “The Son of Man did not come to be a slave master, but a slave who will give his life to rescue many people (Matthew 20:28, CEV). “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:3-5, NIV).

Don’t stand on your own rights or you might fall over your pride.


Humble me that I may love with your heart. Amen.