Saturday, May 10, 2008


No, no. I'm not going all Aretha Franklin on you here. But I do want to talk about respect.

Did you know that, when surveyed, most men say they would choose to live without love for the rest of their lives than live without respect? To us as women, that seems ridiculous. Who would choose respect over love?

Your husband.

This is just the way God made us. In His Word, you can clearly see that these are innate desires given by God.

"However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband." Ephesians 5: 32-33

This isn't just some arbitrary idea God is laying out here. It's what He, in His role as our creator, knows that we need. Men need to be respected. Women need to feel loved. Love is what comes naturally to us. But if our men don't feel respected, they won't feel loved -- regardless of what else you may try to do to communicate your love for him.

Over the next few days, I want to take a look at some of the components of respect and at some of the steps we need to take to get to the point of truly respecting our husbands. But for right now, I'll leave you with the Amplified Version of the above verse. (If you have never used an Amplified Version I highly recommend it for study purposes. It takes the verse and expands upon it, giving you a better idea of what was meant in the original language but doesn't quite translate in the same way in English. It's a great tool!)

However, let each man of you [without exception] love his wife as [being in a sense] his very own self;

and let the wife see that she respects and reverences her husband [ that she notices him, regards him, honors him, prefers him, venerates, and esteems him; and that she defers to him, praises him, and loves and admires him exceedingly].

Ephesians 5:32-33, Amp.
Just take some time and mull that over. I'll be back on Monday with some thoughts and maybe we can encourage each other to minister to our husbands' need for respect.



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