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A Challenge

Men, if you are a husband, or are planning to be a husband one day soon, this entry is for you.

I was reading in 1 Peter the other day. As has often been the case lately during my Bible study time, one verse stuck out to me more than any others that I read that particular day. In chapter 3, verse 7, the NLT says:

In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.

Normally, I read out of NIV, which says:

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

Not too much different. I normally read and study NIV, but I've been reading out of a one-year NLT Bible for a while.

Anyway, this verse stuck out to me so much that I began to reflect on how I treat my wife. Do I honor her? Do I respect her? Being that she can be weaker, do I protect her? My wife would say that I am doing great at these things. My personal evaluation says that at times I satisfy these areas, but often, I must admit, I miss the mark big time. Sometimes, I even feel like I'm not getting through to God in prayer, and mulling over this verse, I can now identify one possible source for this.

In the few days since I met up with this verse, I have tried harder to be there for my wife. I have been trying to spend more time with her and not get caught up in my own interests. I am trying to help out around the house and help her get some things done that we have been working on for a little too long. I have been praying for her more. It has been good to do these things. I feel closer to her. I feel more in love with her.

Men, honor your wives! I challenge you to do so. If it makes you grumble and groan and roll your eyes, then at least do it to glorify God. After all, He said to do it! See what a difference it makes. I would love to hear your results and experiences in the comments.

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