Anne Nelson, the founder of Fully Thriving, interviewed me about a husband’s spiritual leadership in the home. This was for her online conference: “The Marriage You Really Want – Transforming Loneliness and Conflict into Confidence and Connection.”
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A Husband’s Spiritual Leadership
God has called husbands to be spiritual leaders in the marriage. Following verses identify the husband’s headship in the relationship:
- Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.
- First Corinthians 11:3 But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.
This is why we see a pattern of male leadership throughout Scripture. There were patriarchs instead of matriarchs. The tribes of Israel were named after men. The only legitimate mediators between God and people were men (i.e., priests instead of priestesses). God appointed kings instead of queens. God called men to be the focal points of His covenants with mankind (i.e., Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and Jesus).
So what does a husband’s spiritual leadership look like in the home?
We answer that in the following interview and cover these other topics as well:
- A husband should be to his wife what Christ is to the church
- Why men struggle regarding their spiritual leadership
- A husband is at least partially responsible for his wife’s sanctification
- Husbands get the wives they prepare for themselves
- Ways I have failed my wife, Katie, as her husband
- What husbands who struggle with passivity should do to improve as spiritual leaders in their homes
- Wives can help their husbands grow in spiritual leadership in the relationship
- What about when a wife is more spiritually mature than her husband; how should wives handle the situation
- What does – and doesn’t – it mean for wives to be their husband’s helper (Genesis 2:18)