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A Heart of Reverence and Respect for Your Spouse - 010310

A Heart of Reverence and Respect for Your Spouse - 010310

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Published by Cynthia Wilson
Enhancing your marriage relationship
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Published by: Cynthia Wilson on Jan 04, 2010
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Cynthia Wilson Ministries, Inc.A Heart of Reverence and Respect for yourSpouse
However, let each man of you [without exception] love his wife as[being in a sense] his very own self; and let the wife see that sherespects and reverences her husband [that she notices him, regardshim, honors him, prefers him, venerates, and esteems him; and thatshe defers to him, praises him, and loves and admires himexceedingly]. Ephesians 5:33 (Amplified Bible)Wordnet Dictionary
a courteous expression (by word of deed) of esteem orregard; (2) an attitude of admiration or esteem; (3) deference,respectfulness- courteous regard for people’s feelings.
To submit to the opinion, wishes, or decision of another throughrespect or in recognition of his or her authority, knowledge, or judgment. To commit or entrust to another.
To regard with respect, reverence, or heartfelt deference.Apostle Paul gave the church a wonderful analogy of how the husbandand wife are to relate to one another. Just as Jesus sacrificially gaveof Himself for the church, He extended His sacrificial love that thechurch would be cared for, loved and protected; the husband is to giveof himself also lovingly and sacrificially. Christ gave His life so that wecould continually receive the unfailing love, care and abundance of nourishment, through healing, salvation and deliverance.As this is the expected role of the husband, to love their wives bynourishing and caring for them as if they were taking excellent care of their own bodies. And how can a husband do this?
I Peter 3:1-6Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by theconduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conductaccompanied by fear. Do not let your adornment be merely outward-arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel- rather letit be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of agentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. Forin this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in Godalso adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, asSarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror. (NKJV)In a similar way, you husbands must live with your wives in anunderstanding manner, as with a most delicate partner. Honor themas heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing mayinterfere with your prayers. I Peter 3:7 (International StandardVersion)As we can see, it is important for the husband to dwell with his wifeaccording to knowledge and understanding. He needs to know what isit that pleases his wife, what irritates her and pushes the wrongbutton, is learning how to be truly honest and open with his wife, is hewilling to discuss serious issues without being defensive? Is he willingto allow his wife to have input in the decision making, although shewill respect to him to make the final decision out of love?
Let’s look why it is so important that a woman respects herspouse.
David’s wife Michal  II Samuel 6:12-23
12. When David heard this, he brought the Ark to the City of Davidwith a great celebration.13. After the men who were carrying it had gone six paces, theystopped and waited so that he could sacrifice an ox and a fat lamb.14. And David danced before the Lord with all his might, and waswearing priests' clothing.15. So Israel brought home the Ark of the Lord with much shoutingand blowing of trumpets.
16. (But as the procession came into the city, Michal, Saul'sdaughter, watched from a window and saw King David leaping anddancing before the Lord; and she was filled with contempt for him.)17. The Ark was placed inside the tent which David had prepared forit; and he sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings to the Lord.18. Then he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of heaven,19. and gave a present to everyone--men and women alike--of a loaf of bread, some wine, and a cake of raisins. When it was all over, andeveryone had gone home,20. David returned to bless his family. But Michal came out to meethim and exclaimed in disgust, ``How glorious the king of Israel lookedtoday! He exposed himself to the girls along the street like a commonpervert!''21. David retorted, ``I was dancing before the Lord who chose meabove your father and his family and who appointed me as leader of Israel, the people of the Lord! So I am willing to act like a fool in orderto show my joy in the Lord.22. Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, but Iwill be respected by the girls of whom you spoke!''23. So Michal was childless throughout her life.Wives, the love in the relationship will increase and abound in themarriage relationship when we begin to choose to lay down our rightsto have the last word. Lay down your ideology that you must be theleader in the home if anything is to be done. Ladies lay down yourpride and ideologies that you will be nothing but a doormat.The key to experiencing healing in your marriage is to first deal issuesof your own heart.Respect for your husband will come easy, when issues of your heartare dealt with before God.When I went before God to deal with the issues of my heart, Godbegin to change my attitude. I purposed in my heart that when myhusband was unloving, I would yet love.
I meditated on I Corinthians 13:4-7, 13
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud orrude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and itkeeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injusticebut rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never

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