“Let the wife see that she respects her husband.” (Eph.5:33)
Oh, okay, got it. Seems fairly straightforward.
Except that this respect-thing strikes me as rather vague. Undefined. I’m not trying to be difficult either, it’s just not as clear as I’d like it to be.
Not like love.
I know what it looks like to love. That’s an easy one. Love is when you spend time with me. Listen to me. Care about me. Look after me. Take a keen interest in my thoughts and ideas. (Chocolate can help too.)
No, love is an easy one to figure out.
But respect? That’s an entirely different matter.
Apparently, it’s an important matter though. So important that you’ll find respect toward the top of his list.Yes, respect is highly-rated among the men. I’ve even heard it said that they would rather be unloved than disrespected—is that wild, or what?
Now the fact is that I do respect my husband. I really do. I guess it’s the showing of it that gets to be something of a challenge.
Because you’ve heard how we each have our own unique “love language”? Well, I suspect that there must be some kind of a “respect language” too. You know, “what says respect to him” or something along those lines.
So one day I just up and asked him. Straight out. “What makes you feel respected? By me?” And I waited for his answer.
And waited , , ,
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