Before you said, “I do,” you probably vowed to love, honor, and cherish your spouse. But what is honor?
It means, “to regard with great respect; to esteem, admire.” It means to value highly.
Honoring doesn’t mean placing on a pedestal and idolizing your spouse. It’s gentler than that; it’s richer than that.
In his second letter to Timothy, St. Paul wrote, “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.” (2 Timothy 2:20). Do you treat your spouse like a vessel of gold and silver, set apart as beautiful, on display, and richly cared for? Or do you treat him or her as a vessel of wood or clay… or in today’s language, a plastic trashcan, or a cardboard box.
When we married, we registered for and received several settings of fine china dishes. We never eat off of them, though; they’re for special occasions.
For regular meals, we have another set of dishes, called “everyday” dishes. But for many meals, we use paper plates.
We place more value on the china than we do on the paper plates, which we throw away after the meal.
Place high value on your spouse. Remember your vow to love and honor.
Refrain from speaking negatively about your spouse in public, especially when he or she is not around. Amy’s most popular post offers suggestions on how and why to tame your tongue.
What are some ways you show honor to your spouse?