“When a Man Loves a Woman” was the name of a very popular secular song recorded by Percy Sledge.

The lyrics read

percy-sledge-264x300When a man loves a woman
Can’t keep his mind on nothing else
He’ll trade the world
For the good thing he’s found
If she’s bad he can’t see it
She can do no wrong
Turn his back on his best friend
If he put her down

When a man loves a woman
Spend his very last dime
Trying to hold on to what he needs
He’d give up all his comfort
Sleep out in the rain
If she said that’s the way it ought to be

Well, this man loves a woman
I gave you everything I had
Trying to hold on to your precious love
Baby, please don’t treat me bad

When a man loves a woman
Down deep in his soul
She can bring him such misery
If she plays him for a fool
He’s the last one to know
Loving eyes can’t ever see

When a man loves a woman
He can do no wrong
He can never own some other girl
Yes when a man loves a woman
I know exactly how he feels
‘Cause baby, baby, baby, you’re my world

When a man loves a woman

In it’s own way I believe this song describes how deeply a man is capable of loving a woman.  “She can do no wrong.”  If he truly loves her, he can even get over her committing adultery because a man understands that sex does not equal love.  Yep here’s your #WTHDHJS for the day

You read right there is a sin WORSE than adultery to a man. There are several examples of this in the Bible –

The Levite’s Concubine

Judges 19

  1. And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite staying in the remote mountains of Ephraim. He took for himself a concubine from Bethlehem in Judah.
  2. But his concubine played the harlot against him, and went away from him to her father’s house at Bethlehem in Judah, and was there four whole months.
  3. Then her husband arose and went after her, to speak kindly to her and bring her back, having his servant and a couple of donkeys with him.
  4. So she brought him into her father’s house; and when the father of the young woman saw him, he was glad to meet him. Now his father-in-law, the young woman’s father, detained him; and he stayed with him three days. So they ate and drank and lodged there.

Another more famous example is the story of Hosea and Gomer

Hosea and Gomer 

Hosea 3

  1. Lord unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the Lord toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine.
  2. So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley:

So if you start over in chapter 1 you will see that God instructed Hosea to marry a prostitute. He tells him to marry her because their relationship was to be a symbol of God’s marriage to His people Israel.  Her name was Gomer and they had three children.

In Bible times the names given to children ALWAYS had a significant meaning.  The names of the last two children that they had seem to suggest that these children where conceived from Gomer committing adultery.  Needless to say Hosea had grounds for divorce.  As God divorced Israel for spiritual adultery so Hosea divorced Gomer for physical adultery.

But notice in chapter 3 where God tells Hosea to go and get her (Gomer) back.  Not only does this brother go and get her and have to forgive her but he has to purchase her.    Just like God came and purchased us back with His Son.

Don’t have room for a full Bible study here but the point is a man’s love is so fierce that he can even get over adultery.

Society usually attributes fierce and unwavering love to a woman and rightly so.

However, notice something.  The song says that “she can do no wrong”  but that she can do no wrong is actually the only part of this song that is not true.

He can get over her sleeping around and look past 1000 other sins that she commits against him BUT

and there’s always a but 🙂

There is ONE wrong that if she crosses that line there is another secular song that comes time – something about that line being thin or something like that but that’s another post too.

That ONE thing that she can do wrong is

NOT RESPECT HIM!

Notice I did not say disrespect him.  Because in relationships there will be times where he feels disrespected or she may say or do something to disrespect him and he will give her a pass for most of those.

But if she does not respect him or should I say be careful to maintain and exercise respect for him…

She will get excommunicated physically, mentally and spiritually.

Are there any Biblical examples of this

That’s a good question.

I’m glad you asked.

Stay tuned for

Got Respect  2.0 > When a Woman Does Not Respect A Man!

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