What Is ‘Reverence’?
To revere someone basically means to have a deep respect for that person. As we can see in Biblical scripture, we are shown the importance of reverencing God (Hebrews 5:7) and how to go about doing that – through obeisance and following of God’s commandments (Leviticus 26:2).
In order for one to have a deep respect for someone, they must first understand why respect is important and how to go about showing respect.
In certain cultures, respect is taught from a very young age. For instance, respecting the elderly is a ‘mandatory’ thing. Honor is given unto them because of their knowledge and wisdom.
Reverence In Marriage
How does reverence fall in to play within a marriage and why should it?
With any relationship, there will be times of turbulence. But, the foundation of the relationship can play a major factor in determining the longevity of it.
If a marriage is started off with mutual respect between both spouses, then it will (or should) carry throughout the existence of the marriage.
Let’s look at this example: when we as Christians begin to stop doing the things we used to do in order to be close to God (e.g. praying, worshipping), it begins to cause a strain in our relationship with Him.
If not careful, we can find ourselves reverting back to things of old – even a heart that had no care, concern, or reverence for the Living God.
In such manner, it is important to keep respect alive in a marriage so that neither party becomes ‘comfortable’ and forget the value and worth of their spouses or why they’re together in the first place.
No relationship can withstand the hands of time if respect for one another is absent. It will eventually be a one-sided relationship – meaning that one person will technically rule over the other. This is VERY dangerous.
When reverence is absent in a marriage, communication begins to deteriorate, along with care or concern for the other individual – that includes care for their emotions, input, goals, dreams, desires, etc.
A lack of reverence for your spouse is like poison to a marriage. And, that’s why these 3 reasons to reverence your spouse is so critical.
Top 3 Reasons To Reverence Your Spouse
1. Your spouse is a gift from God.
Believe it or not, your spouse is actually a gift from God. There are things that you may have that others do not have.
Personally, for me, just about everything that we have in life (including life itself) is a gift from God because He didn’t have to give it.
When you look at your spouse in this light, you can appreciate them even the more because you can recognize that God took the time out to consider all that is best for you and placed it in your spouse!
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.James 1:17
2. Reverencing your spouse is like reverencing yourself.
Remember the story of the creation of Eve? God saw that Adam was lonely and He did not see it fit for Adam to be alone. So, He put Adam to sleep and from his rib, God created Eve (Genesis 2:4-25) who was Adam’s helpmate.
You’re technically your husband’s rib. So, you are ‘of him’!
Also, in God’s eye, you are one flesh. So, whatever you do to your spouse, you’re essentially doing it to yourself!
This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”Genesis 2:23
3. The Bible instructs us to honor our spouses.
It’s interesting to know that we are given instructions by God in the Bible to honor and reverence our spouses. This goes to show how God wants us to treat our spouses.
Marriage is a covenant made before God. So, anything that His hands is in ought to be a reflection of Him.
He shows us respect in His relationship with us – the church being the bride and He the bridegroom. So, it ought to be reciprocated in our marriages with our spouses.
Wives, respect and obey your husbands in the same way. 7-Husbands, also live with your wife the way you know is right. Respect her because she is a woman.1 Peter 3:3 & 7
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