I love the video with Beyonce and Justin Timberlake called "Single ladies." In the song Beyonce says, "If you liked it then you should've put a ring on it." Do you know wedding rings initially were not a symbol of love, but of ownership. Is that what Beyonce meant?
Many of our customs today were founded centuries ago. The history of the engagement ring goes all the way back to Ancient Rome. According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Roman women wore rings of ivory, flint, bone, copper and iron "to signify a business contract or to affirm mutual love and obedience."
Rome during Ancient times was also known for divorce. People were getting married and divorced for the silliest things. This is also when Jesus was engaged in his ministry and was speaking against divorce because of the damage that was being done to the family unit. Many historians believe the reason Rome "fell" was because of the breakdown of the family. Doesn't this sound like America today? Most people have multiple marriages, multiple family units, and multiple relationships that result in multiple break-ups. The lack of a commitment leaves the door open to heart ache and destruction of lives. The wedding contract has lost its meaning and purpose which was to bind one another to the other "til death do us part."
“In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God's gift of new life.
Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered."
1 Peter 3:7
Husbands and Wives please take a close look at how you are treating each other. Are your actions one of honor and understanding, or selfish and crewel. Husband's do you see your wife as an equal partner or as someone to rule over? Be kind, love one another, and if you love her, put a ring on it.
Day 23: Honor