It is important for us to redefine and restructure our understanding of many life concepts using God’s word because, for us to live our best lives, we must unlearn all wrong notions we have adopted from society and relearn or embrace the truth about life using God’s word as a lens.
Even though we have the right and freedom to do anything, we should know that everything is not beneficial and constructive for us. (Kindly see 1 Corinthians 10:23)
The gesture of kneeling to propose to a lady is considered romantic, looks beautiful in pictures, and if all goes well, it is usually laudable. This does not justify the fact that the rationale behind this gesture is still a mystery to many around the world. The largely acceptable reason why many people approve and venture into kneeling to propose is that they consider it to be an expression of love or the act of being romantic. If kneeling to propose is rightly an expression of love or being romantic, then it is advisable that all men are expected to kneel daily before their wives so as to stay romantic and keep their love going.
Kneeling is not a gesture of love. If kneeling is accurately an expression of love, then many would be guilty of hate because a lot of people can’t remember the last time they knelt before friends or relations whom they truly love. Kneeling is a gesture linked with prayer; as it is a display of reverence and submission to God. It is also attributed as a sign of respect, as often witnessed in diverse African cultures where younger ones kneel before their elders.
Getting it Right
Within the context of marriage, laying the right foundation makes all the difference.
From the lens of God’s word, love and true romance are the ability for a wife to submit herself to her husband every day (Kindly see Ephesians 5:22), and the ability for a husband to love his wife unconditionally every day. (Kindly see Ephesians 5:25).
By default, within the concept of marriage, the head of every home is the man (husband) and his primary task is to give love every day and steer his home in the right direction. The woman (wife) is expected to provide a support system for her husband through submission and Godliness.
So, the momentary gesture of kneeling to propose does not guarantee or lay the foundation to shape a marriage of love and submission.
There is no equality in marriage, there is simply a system designed by God and it works. (Kindly see 1 Corinthians 11:3).
Rather than spend your energy thinking of how to kneel and propose for a moment and possibly never to do that again in a lifetime, it is important to invest in showing your partner how you submit to God in prayers and how that shapes your life decisions.
Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible, but not everything is edifying. (1 Corinthians 10:23)