Do you say yes when you mean no?
Some spouses struggle with the problem of emotional submission. This is a different issue from spiritual submission.
Spiritual submission is a positive act of voluntarily yielding in love.
Emotional submission is a negative act of saying yes when you really mean no.
Emotional submission is often driven by fear of rejection or displeasing someone. It results in a spouse giving in to things they inwardly find offensive, painful or sinful.
Freedom from emotional submission begins with repentance from dishonesty.
It is gaining your sense of value from God’s love rather than the approval of others.
It is knowing that you are a person with a right to say yes or no based on what you know is right.
“Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.” Ephesians 4:25
Marriage is for better, for worse, for keeps.
Cheryl Moeller is a Christian author and blogger. Married for 33 ½ years to Robert, they have 6 children, 1 daughter-in-law, and 1 very handsome grandson. Visit her blogs: MomLaughs, WritingMentor, and For Better For Worse For Keeps Ministries.
5/25/13: Psalm 119: 89-176.
5/26/13: Song of Solomon 1:1-5:1.
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