Respect Unconditionally

April 3, 2015

in the generous life

I have a treat for you today. Cassie of True Agape has written a post about respect. In our culture this is a challenging concept, but, lived out, it can have a powerful impact on our marriages.

Although it can be hard for us to do at times, we understand we should give love unconditionally to our husband. God unconditionally loves us and we are to do the same.

However, when we think about respect we often think about it being something that is earned. We might put conditions on showing respect. “Once he does ______ I will respect him.” Or “If he would just _____ I could respect him more.” Instead we are called to respect our man unconditionally just as we are called to love unconditionally.

In Ephesians 5:33 Paul states, “However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”

I believe it is stated in this way because Paul knew that the top needs for men and women are different. For women we need to be cared for and feel loved, but for men they need to feel respected.

This verse should challenge us to not only love our guys unconditionally, but to show them respect daily without conditions attached.

Thanks, Cassie, for encouraging us to learn about respect and grow in this area.

Gals, if this feels particularly challenging to you, ask your husband to talk with you about respect. What does respect look like to him? What feels respectful? Disrespectful?

Cassie Celestain is a wife, mom, runner and a marriage and family blogger at True Agape. She believes respect, trust, understanding and willingness creates happy marriages and families. She strives to keep those things the main focus in her daily life and wants to challenge others to do the same.

You can get her free 6 page “The Secret to Making your Husband Feel Loved” when you sign up for True Agape’s monthly newsletter.

She also has a special running this month on 20 at Home Dates. These are date plans that play into the different love languages and are designed to cultivate communication, intimacy and growth.

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you find ways to show respect to your husband.

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Don’t forget to comment in the Date Ideas for Your City giveaway to enter to win Mr. and Mrs. coffee mugs (or the book of your choice from the Marriage Book Library). I’ll announce a winner on Monday April 6th.

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Intimacy in Marriage: Online Christian SEX Conference at GREAT PRICE Julie will be a part of an online conference (looks like an exciting line up of speakers). I love this use of technology!

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Cassie April 3, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Thank you so much for having me today! This is something that I continue to work on. I have been intentional about showing my husband respect, but respecting unconditionally was a new thought process that I had.

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Lori - The Generous Wife April 3, 2015 at 6:19 pm

Thanks for sharing, Cassie. I’ve enjoyed your perspectives and they challenge me to grow and understand my man better.

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