Before I write my 100th blog post I thought I might finally take a moment to clarify. What is it, exactly, that I blog about?
I blog about wives respecting or reverencing their husbands in the way God asked them to (Ephesians 5:33b).
It wasn't until this 98thth post that I realized that I never shared my research with you, my readers.
I begin by finding the meaning of the words that describe the subject, in this case "reverence" and "respect". (Edited from 99th to 98th - my math ain't so good.)
I first gather synonyms. I might even “dig down” on a particular synonym to broaden my understanding while discarding others for their obscure connection. Finally I consider the dictionary definitions.
During the collection process I simply want to collect and present.
I ask you, the reader, to draw your own conclusions or to identify examples in your life that amplify your understanding of how a wife can “reverence” or “respect” her husband.
admiration, adoration, appreciation, approbation, approval, awe, consideration, courtesy, deference, deification, devotion, devoutness, dignity, esteem, estimation, favor, fealty, fear, genuflection, high esteem, homage, honor, love, loyalty, obeisance, obsequiousness, ovation, piety, praise, prostration, recognition, regard, religiousness, repute, respect, reverence, testimonial, tribute, veneration, worship
Related words and phrases
abide by, accede, accept, acclaim, accommodativeness, accord, acquiescence, adhere to, admiration, admire, adore, agree to, amenities, applaud, appreciate, approve, assent, attend, attentiveness, attraction, awareness, be attached, be awed by, be big on, be constant, be crazy about, be crazy for, be devoted to, be faithful, be fond of, be kind to, be loyal, be mad about, be nuts about, be stuck on, be sweet on, be true, be wild about, bear in mind, bear respect for, bear with, believe, care for, cherish, cleave to, commend, compliment, comply with, concern, conform to, consent to, considerateness, consideration, courteousness, credit, defer to, delight in, desire, devotion, do honor to, enjoyment, esteem, esteem (approve of), extol, favor, find congenial, follow, forbearance, friendliness, glorify, go along with, go for, go with the flow, good behavior, graciousness, grin and bear it, hail, hallow, have good opinion of, have high opinion of, heed, high regard, hold a high opinion of, hold dear, hold in respect, homage, honor, idolize, indulgence, kindness, laud, like, live with, look up to, look upon, love, maintain, make allowance for, make room, marvel at, mercy, mindfulness, moon over, notice, obligingness, observe, pat on the back, pay attention, pay homage to, politeness, praise, prize, rate highly, recognize, reflect, regard, regard highly, remember, responsiveness, revere, roll with punches, satisfy, savor, sense, sensibility, sensitiveness, sensitivity, set store by, show consideration, show courtesy, solicitude, stand by, stand for, submit to, support, sympathy, tact, take into account, take pleasure in, think highly of, think much of, thoughtfulness, tolerance, tolerate, treasure, understanding, uphold, value, venerate, veneration, view, want, wonder at, worship, yield to
1. a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration.
2. the outward manifestation of this feeling: to pay reverence.
3. a gesture indicative of deep respect; an obeisance, bow, or curtsy.
4. the state of being revered.
5. ( initial capital letter ) a title used in addressing or mentioning a member of the clergy (usually prec. by your or his ).
rev·er·ence –verb (used with object)
6. to regard or treat with reverence; venerate
1. a particular, detail, or point (usually prec. by in )
2. relation or reference
3. esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability, or something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability
4. deference to a right, privilege, privileged position, or someone or something considered to have certain rights or privileges; proper acceptance or courtesy; acknowledgment
5. the condition of being esteemed or honored
6. respects, a formal expression or gesture of greeting, esteem, or friendship
7. favor or partiality.
8. Archaic . a consideration.
re·spect –verb (used with object)
9. to hold in esteem or honor
10. to show regard or consideration for
11. to refrain from intruding upon or interfering with
12. to relate or have reference to.
This was probably the tenth time that I have compiled this list. (I'm really bad about saving research notes.) I saw phrases I had never seen before and was humbled by others. When I think of how I treat my own husband, these words have instructed me again.
How about you? Did you learn anything new today about the wife's job description as envisioned by God? Do you feel as I do, a little less diminished and a lot more empowered?
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