Love & Respect
Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:18-19
Love and Respect
A woman came into the post office where I work and asked to see a selection of 15-cent stamps. She wanted to choose a stamp design and theme appropriate for the wedding invitations she was mailing. After careful consideration, she happily announced she'd found exactly the right one; the John Paul Jones commemorative stamp that bears his rallying cry, "I have not yet begun to fight."**
This story, while humorous, is accurate of too many marriages. Why is it that we so often take an offensive or defensive position in our conversations with each other? One of the best decisions and yet one of the hardest commitments is getting married to someone. There is so much to work out—different sleep patterns, different food preferences, different parenting styles, different financial skills, etc. All of us carry in things to our marriage from our family of origin that can be problematic. The ist goes on and on. In Colossians 3, Paul offers some words from the Lord on how different relationships should be ordered, one of which is the Husband and Wife. In today’s lesson: “Love and Respect,” we’ll explore the different commands Paul gives to the wife and to the husband, and how these ultimately serve to make married life all that it was intended to be.
**Contributed by Thomas T. Brayton, Reader's Digest, March 1980.
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