This weekend, I was given the opportunity to share with a group of ladies at a “20-Something” retreat. I chose to talk to them about an area in marriage that is often lacking: RESPECT!
Ephesians 5:33 commands that a wife respect her husband. Unfortunately, there is no condition on that command. We are to respect our husband regardless of whether or not he deserves it, regardless of whether or not he shows us love or respect, regardless of whether or not your own needs are met.
Douglas Wilson makes an interesting comment on this topic. He says,
“Respect is to be rendered to husbands because God has required it, and not because any husband has earned it. It is good to remember that God requires wives to render more than their husbands deserve.”
In fact, in 1 Peter 3:1, Peter predicts that many wives will not be married to men “deserving” of our respect - men who are disobedient to God’s word. However, it’s our respect that can change their hearts!
Next week, I will talk more about this topic… and what we can do to ensure that we are showing respect to our husbands, out of our obedience to God. To get ready for next week’s topic, I’ve decided to give away the book entitled “Love & Respect” by Emerson Eggerichs.
1 Copy of the book ”Love & Respect” by Emerson Eggerichs.
End date: Monday, June 1, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Maximum number of entries per person: 4
How the winner will be chosen: I will print out the names on each comment, cut them apart, mix them up in a hat, and draw a name! (Old-fashioned picking is waaay more fun than random number generators! :))
Here’s how to enter (Be sure to leave a separate comment for EACH item you complete):
- Leave a comment pertaining to the idea of, need for, or lack of RESPECT in marriage, particularly the Bible’s command for the wife to respect her husband. When do you find it most difficult to show respect toward your husband?
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- This is a bonus entry for the girls who were at the retreat this weekend… as promised, you get an extra entry just for being there live! Leave a comment & let me know you were there… and what your biggest take-away was!
This contest will run until Monday, June 1 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The winner will be notified on Tuesday, June 2nd. Unfortunately for my Canadian friends, due to shipping costs this contest can only be open to residents of the continental United States.
Make sure to leave a valid email address in the comment form so that I have a way to notify you if you’re the winner! Thanks for participating… this is the first giveaway of hopefully many more to come!
Keep on Striving,
PS - Don’t forget to come back next week to find out more about respecting our husbands…. and to get some great resources to use!!