Ephesians 5:33b commands us to respect our husbands. Unconditionally.
The culture teaches that respect must be earned.
I remember the first time I realized the above, confused, frustrated, and a little angry, I wallowed in cognitive dissonance for several weeks.
Something within me revolted at the notion of unconditionally respecting someone who didn’t “deserve it.”
Long story short, when I worked through that whole issue of “deservedness” (and you’ll need to, or applied unconditional respect remains impossible) I realized something even more heinous.
I didn’t even know what unconditional respect looked like.
In the last several years, the overwhelming consensus is obvious – disrespect is easy to recognize. Respect not so much. And I wasn’t alone in my lack of understanding. We’ve had contact with literally thousands of wives who are struggling through this issue.
Today’s dare is simple: Read this passage with us. Confess where you fall short – both to our God and your husband. Commit to doing better.
Notice I didn’t say it was easy. J
The Amplified Bible: Ephesians 5:33b… “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.”
What do those words say to you?
Double dog dare you to share and comment today as a Titus 2 woman, perhaps elaborating on the above. We know what respect is NOT… but let’s encourage other wives with what respect IS… I know some of you “get it.” Don’t be shy! We really want to hear from you today.
I’ve given a few hundred examples – today it’s your turn. J
Glad you are on the journey with me!
Love to you,