Esther 1:20 And when the king’s decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall give to their husbands honour, both to great and small.
This verse is an indictment to the men of that day and even of today. These men wanted to be honored and respected by their wives. The best way to do so was to pass a law that the wives would have to honor their husbands. The king removed his wife from her royal position. The world knew now that if a wife would not honor her husband she would be publicly shamed and punished.
What a horrible marriage idea we have here! So many husbands do not realize that if they will simply follow the Bible prescription they will not have to demand this honor. This honor will come from a heart that truly feels it and reverences her husband.
What about a life that loves and cherishes the wife? What about being the kind of husband that the wife will feel like honoring?
The minute you have to remind her that God wants her to respect and honor you, you are admitting failing as a husband.
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