It All Comes Down To Respect
By Rhonda Clark
“Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.” Heb. 13:4(NLT)
Americans give very little respect to the institute of marriage. Some see it as a shackle that imprisons one to another, sort of like the ring in the nose to be led around. Many see marriage as something to pass the time until a better deal comes along, while others simply don’t understand the concept of marriage, or their role in the union. Then there are those who believe marriage is unnecessary. A piece of paper shouldn’t stand in the way of love.
So why the low regard for a God designed institution?
We simply don’t respect one another.
Within marriage, respect comes from deep within the soul. It’s giving your spouse a value, or worth, which others may not see. Respect is the tie that makes a marriage work. When a couple has respect for each other, they “give honor to marriage,” and to God. When a couple values their marital commitment above all else, their spousal relationship is strengthened.
A man, who puts a great value on his marriage, will see his wife as precious and priceless. She’s the crowning jewel of his life. In turn, she will see her own self-worth. She will know she’s valued for more than what she can do for others. Also, she won’t see her husband as a moldable lump of clay, but as a man who has worth.
I understand there’s more to marriage than showing respect. My own marriage of 15 years is testimony to that. I also realize that showing respect to your spouse won’t save every crumbling marriage, or create some harmonious bliss within your household. It’s only a start to reinvigorating the marital union. I challenge you to search your heart, and see if true respect is lacking in your marriage.