Mutual Submission is a Fundamental Principle Taught in God’s Word


When we think of submission, we usually envision army privates cowering under the domineering scowl of their drill sergeant or little puppies groveling at the feet of their master. These pictures are a far cry from the true meaning of biblical submission. There are no dictators in the body of Christ. Members of the body are to be in mutual submission to one another, through love. Those under authority are to be in submission to those in authority, while those in authority are to be in submission to the needs of those under them, to serve them. All true leadership involves servitude. Through sensitivity and submission to the need of others, everyone’s needs are met in harmony and love.

We can praise the Lord that He is compassionate in His authority: “Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. You who fear him, trust in the Lord, he is their help and shield. it is we who extol the Lord, both now and forevermore. Praise the Lord” (Psalm 115:1, 11, 18).

Now pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin and in fellowship with Him: “Remember, O Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O Lord” (Psalm 25:6-7).

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind. As you agree with God’s will, voice your affirmation of His Word: “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11).

As you pray today, faithfully make your requests know to God, and include:

  • A renewed spirit and mind,
  • Knowledge of God’s will for your life,
  • Godly leadership for our country.

Close with this prayer:

“I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High” (Psalm 9:1-2).

“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanksto God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5:18-21).

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