Honoring Your Spouse is a Gift Given — A Quote by Gary Smalley in “I Promise”

“When one mate shows high honor to the other, the recipient of that honor feels secure in the marriage and responds accordingly by reciprocating in many positive ways… If you choose to look only at your mate’s shortcomings, he or she may not seem to deserve honor. But that has nothing to do with it. Honor is not earned; it’s a gift. It isn’t purchased by your mate’s actions or contingent on your own emotions. You give honor because you choose to give it, whether or not it’s deserved or even wanted. It’s a decision you make. You just do it.”

— Gary Smalley, “I Promise”, Kindle locations 366, 380

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