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Honor Your Wife - by Michael Phillips
Family Life - Part 6 of 40
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1 Peter 3:7
Mar 28, 1999 pm - This afternoon brings us to the seventh part of our study on Family Life. Last month, I spoke to the wives and urged them (among other things) to respect their husbands. Even if they don't deserve it. That is hard, I know. But "With God all things are possible". Today, I return the favor; I speak to the married men. What does God want you to do for your wife? The middle part of the verse tells you: "Husbands...give honor to your wife". WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HONOR? In the New Testament, the word is used in two ways. It may mean to financially support her. In 1 Timothy 5:3 Paul commands the church to "Honor widows who are widows indeed". If you read the verses that follow, you'll find "honor" means "support". Should the husband "honor" his wife in this way? Yes he should. The man who won't take care of his family, Paul says, "has denied the faith and is worse than an infidel" (1 Timothy 5:8). But is that the meaning here? If the word "honor" came earlier in the verse, I would say it is. "Because she is the weaker vessel, honor [or support] your wife". That's a true doctrine, but not the one taught here. Most of the time, "honor" means "to respect". A few verses earlier, Peter uses it ... More >>>

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