by Richard Laue

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Richard Laue
I Peter 3:7-12

Two women were talking. One said to the other, "When I married Mr. Right, I didn't know his first name was 'Always.'"

This policeman came upon an accident and asked one of the drivers, "How did this accident happen?" The driver said, "My wife fell asleep in the back seat."

In April of 1990 I clipped this from the "Daily News."

Movie packs marital message

Tony and Frances Toto, subjects of the movie "I Love you to Death" are happy their lives may offer a parable of sorts to other married couples.

The Allentown, PA, lovebirds have four children and two grandchildren, and except for a rocky period in 1982-83 when 45-year-old Frances tried -- five times-- to have her husband killed, they've been happily wed for 24 years. Tony, 44, was shot twice, poisoned, beaten with a baseball bat and had his car blown up. He figures, however, he deserved it.

"We both did wrong," Tony told the Chicago Tribune. "The moral of all this is to be faithful," Tony said. "Don't cheat on your spouse. Try to communicate better. Be honest with one another. That's my message." (April 1990 "Daily News", L.A.)

No matter how you slice it, this Tony began to honor his wife.

"Honor," both in Hebrew and Greek, is an interesting word.

Hebrew: "Hadar," which means "beauty, majestic." Proverbs 31:25 ... "Strength and honor are her clothing."

"Hod"... "Brilliancy, praise, mighty."
"Yegar"... "Preciousness."
"Kabed" ... "To make heavy." This doesn't mean, if you honor her, she will gain weight; although that could happen. It means that honoring someone is a heavy, important thing.

Example: Exodus 20:12 ... "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land, which the Lord your God is giving you."

Greek: "Doxazo,"which means, "well-fashioned, glorious, in glory."

The change came for Frances and Tony Toto when Tony began to honor his wif ...

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