Do you want your husband to be a better person? Show him respect. Encourage him in what he is doing RIGHT. Respect = Love to a man
OK – I saw it in his eyes. He was done with my lists.
“Is there something else I’m doing wrong?” my husband asked as I stood patiently waiting for him to heed my checklist of suggestions.
I’m a Type A list maker. -Doesn’t that include making lists for my husband? -Couldn’t he benefit from my “helpful” ideas? I only had five more points to make.
“Back off, Laurie,” I heard a small voice say. Suddenly, I remembered my own lesson plan. Respect = Love to a man. When I share my sincere encouragement with the wonderful man who shares my bathroom, I am telling him I love him.
I retreated and regrouped. I remembered there was a Bible verse I needed to read. Even after 32 years of marriage, I’m still trying to get this straight.
As usual, God had something to say to me when I simmered down and started to engage my brain more than my mouth:
So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. — Ephesians 5:33
Wow. God had a tall order for my husband and a direct order for me. RESPECT my man.
OK, God. I’m pulling out my list. — Nope, don’t be scared. I’m making a list of everything my hubby does RIGHT.
I want to encourage him. I want to respect him and his decisions. I want to brag on him in front of others.
Showing respect is the best way for me to help him be a better man….and the best way for me to be a better wife.