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The Man of Her Dreams (pt 6) – Honor Her!
If you are to be the man of your wife’s dreams, you must have sacrificial love. If you are going to be the man of your wife’s dreams, you must also have sanctifying love and you MUST, above all, Honor her.
– Ephesians 5:26 – that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word,
Now the word translated here as “Sanctify” means to make holy or to make more Christ like. Husbands, if you are to be the man of your wife’s dreams, you need to sanctify her. By that I mean, you protect her from the dust and the filth of this world. Men, if you really love your wives, you will do everything in your power to maintain her holiness, her virtue, and her purity, everyday that you live. You’ll never put her in a situation where you would cause her to get angry, because that’s a sin. You will never do anything to defile her. You won’t expose her to anything that will cause her to feel dirty or unclean.
Men, not only do you need a sacrificial love and a sanctifying love, but you also need to Honor her.
– 1 Peter 3:7 You husbands likewise, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with a weaker vessel, since she is a woman; and grant her honor . . .
Men, you need to honor your wives. You need to build them up. I am reminded of the story of the woman who was fishing for a compliment from her husband. She asked him, “Honey, do you love me because I’m astonishingly beautiful, extremely intelligent, or stunningly sensual?” Her husband answered, “Most of all I’m grateful for your vivid imagination.” That man didn’t do a very good job of honoring his wife, of building her up.
Winston Churchill did a much better job of honoring his wife at a formal banquet in London one night. At the banquet, the host asked each person attending to stand and answer the question, “If you could not be the person you are, who would you most like to be?” All eyes were on Winston Churchill, waiting to hear what he would say, as he was the last man in the hall to answer. Mr. Churchill stood, and pausing to take hold of his wife’s hand answered, “If I could not be who I am, then I would most like to be Lady Churchill’s second husband.”
Men, do you build up your wife when you are alone and when you are around other people? Do you point out her strong points, or do you emphasize the negative? Does your wife ever hear you telling other people what a great wife she is, or what a great mother she is, or what a caring person she is? When was the last time you told her you loved her? When was the last time you told her she was special? When was the last time you told her that you thanked God for bringing her into your life?
Proverbs 18:22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing . . .
Proverbs says that He who finds a wife finds a good thing. Do you act like you’ve found a good thing and do you tell her you have? Men honor your wives.
Gentlemen, if you are to be the man of your wife’s dreams, love her like you love yourself, imperfections and all.
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