Thursday, March 02, 2006

Respect in Marriage

Respect - To feel or show differential regard for; esteem.

Whatever happened to respect in our culture?

People don't seem to show to respect to others. I hear broadcasters call our President ... Mr. Bush. Americans think they can say anything about anyone at any time because we have freedom of speech. What happened to kids showing respect to their teachers?

When you follow the thread, it unravels at home. How much respect do husbands and wives show each other? Why are we nicer to the clerk at the grocery store than we are to our spouses?

When men and women are able to respect and accept their differences then love has a chance to blossom. John Gray

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

1 Peter 3:7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

1 Peter 2:17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.

The interesting part of these verses on respect is that they are no conditions. They say we are to respect (period, the end). It is not stated that they have earn it or deserve it. The Bible talks about respect in a way that is unconditional.

Many of us (including me) have been wrong in the way we treat our husbands. We try to change them, implying that they don't measure up as they are. Disrespect. Respect of our husbands conveys the idea that they are accepted and esteemed, just the way they are, even if they never change.