This weekend I preached on Ephesians 5:21-33 where Paul addresses husbands and wives. Verse 25 says, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” So, in the context of the Church, we are the bride and Christ is the husband.
Now look at verse 33: “each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” I think this verse shows the two biggest needs that husbands and wives have. Wives need to be loved by their husbands, and husbands need to be respected by their wives. When each receive this from their spouse, you get the “profound mystery” that Paul references.
So if we take these two ideas and combine them together, does that mean that Jesus is looking for respect from us? If we as His Church are His bride, do we need love most? That doesn’t seem to be something we’d argue, but I don’t hear about God desiring respect from us often. We often talk about giving God glory, but I wonder why we don’t talk about giving Him respect.
What do you think? Does God desire respect from us? I don’t think I’ve ever heard a worship song that talked about giving God respect, but maybe they exist.