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Righteous Romance Tip #2: Honor

Romance honors the other. Romantic love finds the good and pays attention to it.

This is why we praise and worship the Lord. When we worship, we kiss back. We tell the Lord how awesome he is. We thank him for his love and goodness to us. We magnify His glory and perfections. We exalt his power and greatness.

Perhaps this explains why King David held such a precious place in the heart of God. David was no sissy. To the contrary, he represents the ultimate man’s man. We’re talking about John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, James Bond and Jason Bourne all wrapped up into one real life super hero! In fact, he was forbidden by God to build the temple because of all the blood shed and war which marked his life (I Chronicles 22:8).

David was also a lover. While he was proficient in killing lions, bears and giants, he also knew how to honor the Lord in worship. Take Psalm 34 as an example:

I will bless the LORD at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul shall make its boast in the LORD;
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
Oh, magnify the LORD with me,
And let us exalt His name together.

Psalm 34:1-3

The principle is simple and straightforward: We honor by praise.

We do the same with our Beloved. Romance learns to focus on the good.

Honor is expressed in a variety of ways:

Do you praise your spouse before others?

Do you tell your spouse how much you appreciate him/her?

Do you express honor in written notes and cards?

Men, do you open the car door or seat your wife at a restaurant?

If you are in a relationship with someone and all you see is a long list of character deficiencies and “projects” you need to fix, you are in for a rough ride! You will reap what you sow. If you learn to sow honor you’ll see romance flourish.

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