The Parity Principle

How would you take these two Scriptures concerning marriage and put them together in one illustration?

“You husbands must give honor to your wives.” 1 Peter 3:7, NLT
“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:22, ESV

Author and pastor James Ford puts these two directives together in an unusual word-picture that he calls the “Parity Principle.” Here is how it works:

Parody PrincipleThe husband is to put his wife “on a pedestal,” so to speak. Just as a man might put a treasured heirloom on a pedestal of honor, so the husband is to esteem his wife and attach high value to her. When the wife is on a pedestal, the couple is not face-to-face.

However, …

The wife is “to bow,” so to speak,  to her husband. When the woman on the pedestal bows  in respect to the man who raised her to a place of honor,  the couple is now face-to-face in healthy relationship.

What do you think of that word picture?
Blessings to you,
Tami

 

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