Wednesday, February 8, 2012


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

Many times when wives give negative criticism, husbands interpret that as contempt for who they are as men.  In the book Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, the author asked several men if they would rather their wives show them love or show them respect. Surprisingly, most said respect. This shows just how important it is for us as women to again be encouragers, not criticizers of our husbands. 

So, how can we show respect to our husbands? Listen to this sermon by Mark Driscoll

1. Don't NAG! I am definitely guilty of this, but it is disrespectful. Pray for your husband instead and encourage him!

2. By the way we feel and talk about him. 
Matthew 12:34--Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 
-Don't gossip about him to your friends, instead pray for him with your friends. Be careful how you talk about him and to him around others and especially your children. 

3.  By the things you do for him. 
Proverbs 31:13--A wife works with willing hands.
- Hands that pray for him, touch him, feed him, and do things that he enjoys doing (hunting, fishing, etc.)  

If you are not showing your husband the respect he deserves, he likely is not showing you the love you need. If you are not getting the love you need, then you likely are not respecting him. This is called the "Crazy Cycle".  Ladies, let's stop this crazy cycle and start respecting our husbands better!

Are you showing your husband the respect he deserves so he can show you the love you desperately need?

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