To Honor is to Give My Best
By Marilynn Chadwick
“The wife must respect her husband” (Ephesians 5:33 NLT).
Showing respect is vital to any healthy marriage. But when it comes to honoring our husbands, it helps to understand that no two marriages or men are exactly alike. Words and actions which make my husband feel honored and respected might go right over the head of your husband.
I have been inspired by what the Bible teaches us about honor. As a result, I’m trying to be more intentional about showing honor to David. However, I’ve come face to face with an important realization: Honor demands far more from me than simply submission.
Please understand. I fully appreciate submission in marriage as part of the biblical framework of love and respect. But to truly honor my husband, I have to set the bar much higher than submission.
Honor requires self-sacrifice. Humility. It challenges me to bridle not only my words but also my thoughts. It makes me bite my tongue. Honor confronts me with my sin.
Honor, even more than submission, is an imposing benchmark. It’s a sublimely powerful target. For if I take aim and hit the bull’s-eye of honor, I am probably covering all the other virtues that make for a strong marriage.
Finally, if I want to honor David, I have to become honorable myself. So in this way, honor conforms me to the image of Christ. In short, honor requires a strong walk with the Lord. I guess you could say that to truly honor my husband, I must first become strong.
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