There is no “I” in Complement

A common mistake made by those who like to caricature Bible-believing Complementarians is to call them “Complimentarians” (with an “I”).

But there is no “I” in complement, which means (according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary), “something that fills up, completes, or makes perfect.” Yes, this is the honor which we bestow on our women. They make us perfect! And there is no higher compliment (with an “I”).

For our opponents confuse the word “complement” with the similar-sounding word “compliment”, which means “an expression of esteem, respect, affection, or admiration; especially: an admiring remark.” A “compliment” (not a complement) is the kind of thing that a Christian man should say to his wife, at least daily, especially if she has just had her hair done for him, or has made him a lovely meal, or for calming the kids down and getting them off to bed after they’ve been restless.

As I said in a sermon once, the reason there is no “I” in complement is because God asks wives to be selfless servants to their husbands, just as Jesus gave up his own self on the Cross for his church. But the traffic doesn’t flow all the one way on this. In return, a husband is asked to love and provide for his wife.

Remember: There is no “I” in complement!

– Pastor Randy Hawk