You Respect Me

Dear Darling Wife,

Paul wrote to the Ephesian church: “Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband” (Eph. 5:33, NASB), and you excel at following his direction.

Love and respect are emotions, without doubt, but they are also choices. Paul wasn’t asking the Ephesians to have more emotions toward their spouse; instead, he was asking them to choose to love and respect one another. (One author and speaker has made a career teaching couples to love and respect one another.)

You do a marvelous job of respecting me and of telling me that you respect me. I often ask God to give me the grace to love you half as well as you respect me. Thank you for treating me far better than I deserve. I am a blessed man.

I love you.

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