Friday, 12 November 2021
Respect
Prathab V

Ephesians 5: 22-33

One of the more famous songs by Aretha Franklin is the 1967 song titled “Respect”. It was about human dignity and understanding an individual’s inner longings. It became a major hit and interpreted as a commentary on gender roles. It was eventually used as an anthem by the feminist movement in the 1970s, demanding men show respect to women.

In the second stanza of the song, Aretha Franklin’s lyrics go like this:
“All I’m asking is a for a little respect when you get home hey, baby
when you get home, mister…”

However, not many know that the song was originally introduced by a man called Otis Redding in 1965. In Redding’s rendering of the song, it was originally a man asking his woman to give him a little bit of respect when he gets home!

This takes me to the passage before us this morning. In Ephesians 5:25, ” husbands are instructed to love their wives just as Christ loved the church. ” In verse 28, “ husbands are to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.”
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But to the wives, in Ephesians 5:33b, wives are instructed to respect the husband.
It appears to me that the fundamental need of a man in a marital relationship is to gain the respect of his wife. Similarly, the fundamental need of the wife is to feel loved by her husband. Isn’t that beautiful?

If a husband can truly love his wife unconditionally, his relationship with his wife will greatly improve. And if the wife respects her husband unconditionally, their relationship will blossom and stay refreshed for many years!

My prayer this morning is that every husband learns to sacrificially accept and love his wife as himself. Be slow to criticise,
and reduce sharp words that hurt the tender heart of a woman. I also pray that every wife will learn to respect her husband irrespective of what has happened in the past. Show the respect that the husband craves for and do not belittle him. This helps to strengthen the marriage.

If you are single, the same principle of love and respect may still apply to you, in your relation with your parents or siblings. Learning to show love, and respecting one another preserves harmony in the family. Why not start today?

Prayer:

Lord, I pray that every relationship between a husband and wife will be strengthened by your mercy and grace. Let love overflow in the heart of every husband for his wife. Let every wife respect her husband irrespective of past misdeeds. Let there be forgiveness in the family Lord. In Jesus’ name, I ask. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期五,2021年11月12日
标题:敬重
作者:Prathab V
翻译:陈月妃

以弗所书5:22-23

艾瑞莎•富兰克林 (Aretha Franklin) 最著名的歌曲之一是 1967 年的歌曲“尊重”。这是一首关于人性的尊严和理解个人内心渴望的歌曲。它大受欢迎,并为性别角色做出了评论。它最终被 1970 年代的女权运动用作为主题歌,要求男性尊重女性。

在这首歌的第二节,艾瑞莎富兰克林的歌词是这样的:
“我所要求的只不过是当你回到家时给予一点尊重,嘿,宝贝
当你回到家时,先生……”

然而,没有多少人知道这首歌最初是由一个叫奥蒂斯•雷丁(Otis Redding)的人在1965年推出的。在雷丁对这首歌的演绎中,这首歌最初是一个男人要求他的女人在他回家后给他一点尊重!

这就把我带到今天早上的经文。在以弗所书 5:25 中,“你们作丈夫的、要爱你们的妻子、正如基督爱教会.” 在 28 节中,“丈夫也当照样爱妻子、如同爱自己的身子.爱妻子、便是爱自己了。”

至于妻子,在以弗所书5:33b中,妻子也被教导当敬重她的丈夫。
在我看来,男人在婚姻关系中的基本需要是获得妻子的尊重。同样,妻子的基本需要是感受到丈夫的爱。那不是很美好吗?

如果丈夫能够无条件地真正爱妻子,他与妻子的关系就会大大改善。如果妻子无条件地敬重她的丈夫,他们的关系将在未来的许多年里保持良好的状态!

我今天早上的祷告是,每个丈夫都学会牺牲地接纳和爱他的妻子如同爱自己。慢慢地批评,减少使用会伤害女人温柔心灵的尖锐言辞。我也祈祷每一位妻子都能学会尊重丈夫,不管过去发生了什么。表现出丈夫所渴望得到的尊重,不要轻视他。这有助于巩固婚姻关系。

如果你是单身,在你与父母或兄弟姐妹的关系中,同样的爱和尊重原则可能仍然适用于你。学会表达爱,互相尊重,可以保持家庭的和谐。为什么不从今天开始呢?

祷告:

主啊,我祈祷丈夫和妻子之间的关系都能因你的怜悯和恩典而得到刚强。让每一个丈夫从心中溢出对妻子的爱。让每一个妻子都尊重她的丈夫,不论他以往有什么过错。主啊,让每个家庭充满宽恕。奉耶稣的名求。阿门。