Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife [see] that she reverence [her] husband. (KJV) Ephesians 5:33
A man’s need for respect and affirmation, especially from his woman, is so hard-wired and so critical that three out of four men would rather feel unloved than disrespected or inadequate.
Sadly, modern culture and misguided women have maligned and misrepresented God’s command in Ephesians 5:33 instructing a wife to respect her husband.
Wise Christians, however, know that respect can be one of the most powerful forces for good in a marriage. It demonstrates love, honors Christ, and empowers a husband to become all God created him to be.
If you’d like to unlock the power of respect in your marriage, here are 5 simples things that will make your husband feel loved and respected.
1. ASK HIS OPINION AND SERIOUSLY CONSIDER IT: The bible says,
“Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” Proverbs 11:14
Realize that not only does your husband have an opinion, but his opinion had merit. Don’t always assume that your thoughts are the only ones worth considering.
A lady told this story: “One day my husband shared some information I knew couldn’t be accurate. Instead of arguing with him, I gave him the benefit of the doubt. “Wow, if that’s true, that would be great,” I said. “Let me call the bank and see if that’s possible.”
I must confess that I made the phone call primarily to prove that I was right, and he was wrong. To my surprise, I discovered that not only was my husband’s information accurate, it was the wisest option.
This lesson taught me not only to ask for his input, but to seriously consider it. Keep in mind that by the time a woman brings up a subject, they’ve usually thought through every possible aspect. Your husband, however, might be hearing it for the first time and he’ll need to process it.
Giving him time to think before demanding a response shows him you value his insight and love and respect him.
Your husbands won’t be right 100% of the time, but it helps him to know he’s the leader of his home when you give his perspective its proper weight. To be continued. God bless you
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