treat [your wives] with respect.
1 Peter 3:7
The wife must respect her husband.
Some years ago a professor at a Christian college stated that the main reasons for the high rate of divorce in our culture are not adultery or incompatibility, but selfishness and a lack of respect. Im sure he had it right. Throughout my ministry Ive met many couples who did not respect each other.
On one occasion, while meeting with a married couple, the wife stormed out of the room while shouting at her husband, You dont respect me and you never have. You always put me down, even in front of other people. I cant take it anymore!
Mutual respect between husband and wife is a must. Unless we respect each other, we cannot have the marriage God has in mind for us or love each other the way we should. According to Peter, disrespect for our spouse will hinder our prayers and drive a wedge between us.
Husbands and wives must learn to accept each other as they are, encourage each other to use the gifts God has given them, and build each other up. To do so requires respect.
Ask yourself this question: Do I live in such a way as to earn respect? Am I showing respect to my spouse by my words and actions? And if you are dating, ask, Is our relationship marked by respect? If not, thats a big problem, and you many need to look elsewhere.
Lord, please help us to respect each other and accept each other. Forgive us for not always showing one another the respect you ask of us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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