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Godly Submission: Submitting to One Another in the Fear of Christ

Which would you consider the most difficult commandment to obey? The fourth commandment, "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy?" The tenth commandment, "Thou shalt not covet"? Or, what about "The Great Commandment", "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart"?

Of all God's commandments, the command to submit to one another is perhaps the most challenging and difficult. One of the common vows of many churches for membership is "Do you submit yourself to the government and discipline of the church...)" The commitment to and practice of obeying this vow may be the greatest evidence of spiritual maturity. Nothing cuts across the cultural grain of the human heart more than submitting ourselves to others. It is one thing to submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, it is an even far more difficult thing to submit ourselves to others whom we know to be imperfect and sinful themselves.