October 25, 2011

Respect Him

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- October 25, 2011

“The wife must respect her husband.” Ephesians 5:33b

Respect for a husband is like love is for a wife. It is a catalyst for his confidence and encouragement that he can fulfill his role as provider and leader. Most men question their ability to be everything they need to be for their family. But insecurities become insignificant in a home where a husband feels respect. A wife’s support energizes her man like jet fuel to a booster rocket.

Husbands need the respect and support of their wives. It of course works both ways, as the wife needs to feel the support of her husband. But, respect is huge for a man. A God-fearing husband knows the Lord has placed him in a position of leadership. It is overwhelming sometimes, feeling squeezed by the pressures of life. The last thing a husband needs to feel is distance or distrust from his wife. Her spousal support may be the only thing that is preventing him from giving up.

“He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect” (1 Timothy 3:4).

Wives: Do not underestimate how your support sustains your husband. Your affirmation is valuable and powerful for the ongoing success of your husband. Men are not as self-sufficient as they might seem. On the outside we may seem invincible, but on the inside we are needy and desperate for recognition and validation. A man needs to know his wife trusts his decision making and his ability to provide for his family.

Your confidence in him propels his confidence in himself to higher levels. Your belief in your husband builds him up to believe in himself. It is difficult for a man to rise any higher than the opinion of his helpmate. Men long to be built up by their brides. Brag on him in public and affirm him in private. Look to your husband as the leader God has placed in your life.

Pray for him to lead lovingly and wisely. Be patient and don’t usurp his authority when things are not getting done. Trust him to God, for He can handle him much better than your creative consequences. Give him over to God and trust in the accountability of the Almighty. Embrace your husband in the light of eternity. God wants him to grow up and give spiritual leadership. Let him lead—even when it means he fails. Your respect can grow the heart of your husband to love well.

“Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor” (Romans 13:7).

How can I respect my husband in a way that encourages him and also honors the Lord?

Related Readings: Deuteronomy 1:15; Proverbs 31:23; Luke 11:43; 1 Timothy 3:2-4

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Comments

  1. Kim Gamble says:

    The “Love Her” and “Respect Him” devotionals absolutely ROCKED MY WORLD. I never had a good example, growing up, of how a husband should treat a wife and how a wife should treat her husband. There is a lot of anger, mistrust, disrespect, criticizing, power struggles, and plain old toxic behavior between my parents.

    I am currently going through some pre-marital counseling with my pastors so I am transforming, peeling back some painful layers, setting down an awful lot of baggage, and really just having my eyes and heart opened.

    These two blogs couldn’t have come at a better time. I am SO. VERY. GRATEFUL. Grateful to see all of the ways that I’ve LONGED to be loved, right there in black and white, in the “Love Her” blog (and finally seeing that it’s POSSIBLE). Grateful for the ways that I can encourage, give respect to, and lift up my future husband… and why it’s SO VERY IMPORTANT that I do so.

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! “Wisdom,” indeed…….. 🙂

  2. Boyd Bailey says:

    Kim you are welcome and bless you in your new marriage. For a more detailed study you can read, “Love and Respect” by Emerson Eggerichs…

    http://www.familychristian.com/shop/search.asp

    A servant in Christ,

    Boyd

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