Sunday, May 13, 2012

Love and Reverence

Ephesians 5:33
Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife [see] that she reverence [her] husband.

The Biblical usage of the word "reverence" means:
to reverence, venerate, to treat with deference or reverential obedience

As they say, every story has two sides. The first reference we read is directed toward husbands. A husband is to love his wife even as he loves himself. The second reference is directed to the wife who is to see that she reverence her husband.

I hear many comments about a marriage being a team, about both people giving "100%," and how husbands can no longer boss their wives around like so many slaves.

But I don't hear too much about how men show that they love their wives even as themselves. I hear even less about how a wife shows reverence to her husband.

Make no mistake about it, they play off each other.
Where there is a Jezebel, there is an Ahab.
And when both the husband and wife obey the word of God, you will find a man who loves without limit and a woman who lays down her life for him.

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