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The contrast between what God expects from the husband and what He expects from the wife is clear in Scripture. The roles are complementary. These roles were planned by Almighty God, all-wise, to enable the husband and the wife to function together rather than bumping into each other. Marriage roles were designed to contribute rather than deprive, to offer freedom rather than shackles.


Husbands and wives have distinctive roles. That is the way God created everything. He separated things. He separated light from darkness, and He called them day and night. He created men and women with different needs, different positions, and different roles.


When Eve ate the fruit and disobeyed what she knew was the command of God, she was claiming her own rights. What Eve saw as her right had nothing to do with the will of God. Rather than reaping contentment and joy, clinging to her own rights caused her to reap discontentment and sorrow. Contentment and joy do not come when you get all your rights. They come when you obey God.


The Word of God commands wives to submit to their husbands. That means that wives shouldn’t try to compete with their husbands, but rather they should encourage them and help them to occupy their proper place as the head of the home. Wives, love your husbands. Pray for your husbands. Give them respect and honor them as you honor the Lord, and the Lord will reward you.


Prayer: God, thank You for the distinctive roles You’ve given husbands and wives. Help us to embrace them, and open our eyes to see the benefit and wisdom of them. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.


“Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:22).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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