Confession time: I am very stubborn and strong-willed. I shouldn’t be a bit surprised that my children share these qualities. I am definitely paying for my raising. (ha) When the bible talks about the relationship a wife should have with her husband, two words come up many times: respect and submit. You can imagine I struggle to submit to anything. I mean, I can argue with a brick wall – very rarely do I ever back down or “submit” to anything or anyone. Submission is not a pleasant thought for me, but it is commanded and therefore something I am constantly reminding myself to do, even when it is killing me on the inside. (haha) Respect, however, is entirely different. I easily look up to and respect my husband. He is a very easy person to respect, so I guess I have it pretty good, but regardless we are told as wives to respect our husbands. I am constantly trying to find ways to do this and will get into that below, but I would love to know what you do to respect your husband?
Ephesians 5:33 “However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”
We are called to respect our husbands. Period. Here are some ways we can do that!
Ways to Respect Your Husband:
Listen to him with intention.
Pray for him and with him.
Encourage him, daily.
Talk about him positively to others.
Be considerate to his needs (ask him if you can pick up something from the store for him, do his laundry, etc.).
Thank him for all he does for your family.
Ask his opinion on things.
Make big decisions together.
Give him time to do his own thing/hobby (for my husband it’s playing golf)
Never play the compare game.
Talk positively about his job.
Have regular date nights or make time for him alone.
Set family goals together and stick to your plans.
Be kind, respectful and loving to his family.
Be patient with him when he makes a mistake. Don’t lash out or nag.
Take care of yourself, physically, so you can take care of him.
Speak your husband’s love language.
Forgive quickly and ask for forgiveness.
Do things together that your husband enjoys doing.
What are some ways that your respect your husband that I need to add to my list?