However, each one of you must also love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband (Eph. 5:33).
And, there it is.
Remember, this is still in the context of mutual submission. The husband submits by putting his wife first, even when he would rather be first, which is pretty much always. The wife submits by showing respect for her husband as the leader of her home, even when she figures she has a better way of doing things.
Again, probably pretty much always.
But Michael, how do I love her when she acts like such a crow?
Oh, Oh, but Michael, how am I supposed to follow this guy? He couldn’t find his way out of a cardboard box with the flaps left open!
Pray, Beloved. Pray and trust and obey and pray.
Here’s the kicker: Husband, as you continue to love your wife, really truly looking to her needs and not your own, you may just find her becoming more and more lovable in your eyes. Wife, as you show true respect for your husband, trusting God to lead through him, you might just see the Holy Spirit building him into a strong man of God you are proud to follow.
Then again, maybe not…but it is a command, so make it work.
Happy Friday, Beloved