- God commands wives to respect their husbands. “Let the wife see that she respects her husband” (Eph. 5:33). Notice that the command does not say, “Well, as long as you feel he is respectable, then he is worthy of your respect. But if he is not, then disrespect him.” This isn’t about the husband’s worthiness, but Christ’s (Eph. 5:22-24,33).
- At the same time, that a wife is called to respect her husband indicates that he ought to make every effort to be respectable. Husbands are commanded by God to imitate Christ’s self-sacrificial love for the church towards their wives (Eph. 5:25). We are to be as interested in blessing our wives as we are ourselves (Eph. 5:33). The call for wives to respect their husbands does not imply that husbands are to love their wives less, but more.
A simple but profound truth!