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Monday, July 9th, '18

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A-H-H-H-H-SOME!

"Husbands, likewise, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life..." (1 Peter 3:7)

 

Marriage and family specialist Gary Smalley writes in Love is a Decision about the "A-h-h-h-h Principle". Supporting the idea of honoring our mates, he says we should be awed and a-h-h-h-h'd over them. With that in mind we can pronounce the word "honor" as a-h-h-h-h-nor and the word "awesome" as a-h-h-h-h-some. Love is to be delightsome, winsome, gladsome, awesome. When we ooh and ahh over our partners the reciprocated affection becomes a-h-h-h-h-tomatic. Well, enough on the wordplay.

 

Peter ordered husbands to give "honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel". A-h-h-h-h-bviously (there I go again) she is not weaker in talent, mind or constitution, but in family order. He is the head, she is the neck. He is the king, she is the queen. That elevates value. In too many homes the wife is a second-class citizen, she hasn't even won suffrage rights yet. In other homes she may be dictatorial, holding the scepter, checkbook and TV remote, all three, and demanding that its' all her way or the highway. It's a bit hard to be a-h-h-h-h'd by what's relationally flawed. Her honor comes via her humility. "Before honor is humility" (Proverbs 18:12). In other words, be feminine without being feminist.

 

Many men haven't got a clue regarding the A-h-h-h-h Principle. We remember that A-h-h-h-h is something we had to say at the doctor's office and we carry the same nervousness into our intimate relationships. Quick to say A-h-h-h-h under a hot shower faucet or A-h-h-h-h in the refreshment of a summer lemonade, we find it difficult to make the same exclamation when in walks the queen. But that is all she really needs from us, to communicate how special she is. Watch for a-h-h-h-h-portunites to compliment. As hard as it is to frame the "I love you" sentence, learn to a-h-h-h-h-dibilize the truth of your heart. (I hope you're not bored with all these Oohs and ahhs yet.)

 

Notice our text uses the word "likewise" - "Husbands, likewise, dwell with them..." Verse one of that chapter says, "Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection..." Likewise, what? We are to be like Christ, who in the previous chapter, "did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth; Who when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not..." (1 Peter 2:22-23) Successful living requires some likewise-living. I've never met a woman that didn't love Jesus once she truly understood who He is and what He has done for her. That's why Paul commands, "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the church..." She will love you, sir, as quickly and as deeply as she loves Jesus. But you have to obey that word, "likewise". Being more vocal in compliments requires some a-h-h-h-h-dacity. Conquer timidity. See it (her prettiness) then say it (her praise). If the flower isn't watered with words it may wilt. Kindness is the best kind of Miracle-Gro because it always works miracles. Then take her for a ride in your a-h-h-h-h-tomobile (I had to get that one in). And see if things won't begin to turn around. The frosting on the cake is that "together" you will become "heirs of the grace of life". Life is love and love is life. And it can be an a-h-h-h-h-some life if you will just take some simple initiatives. Let me recommend again, Love is a Decision, by Dr. Smalley from here in Branson.


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