Yesterday was my wife’s birthday. And no I will not reveal
her age even if you ask me 35
times. I have recently noticed the jokes on
Twitter about pastors, especially those Acts 29 guys always referring to their
wives as “hot” or number of other romantic superlatives. I can definitely see the cheesy-ness of
this and at the same time would rather read pastors praising their wives than
not. Also, I realize that my wife reads my blog (maybe my only faithful reader)
so for the record…my wife is hotter than your wife.
Proverbs 18:22 says, “He who finds a wife finds what is good
and receives favor from the LORD. (NIV)”
I think it is vitally important for men, especially those of
us in roles of spiritual leadership to model this principle in our lives. I
realize not all men agree with this Proverb and my have the scars to prove it!
However, the point remains that a wife is a “good thing” from God and a means
of God’s favor in our lives as husbands.
With our wives I think it is important to consider some
practical ways to treat our wives in light of this verse.
the best about her.
This means resisting the urge to be critical or skeptical
of her motives. It means believing in her as she grows and matures through
life. It means actually believing you have a “good thing” in her.
2. Speak the
best about her.
NO ONE should speak more highly of a woman than her
husband. We must look for opportunities to bless her with our words in her
presence and when she is away; in private and in public. (No you don’t have to
be an Acts 29 pastor to do this.)
3. Look for
the best from her.
God will use a wife to bless or give favor to a husband.
We should be looking for God’s favor to come through our wives. We need to pay
attention (look and listen) to our wives for God’s direction, conviction and
best to her.
Husbands you ought to be the “lead servant” in your home. You
should look for ways to give your best to your wife. Don’t give her your
leftover energy; give her your best. This applies also to your character when
she is not around. Giving your best is never an “act” it is a genuine
servant-spirit toward your wife.
I am personally still learning in each of these. Even as I
write them I am convicted of ways I fail in each one. I have a long way to go as
a husband. I am thankful to God for my wife and the favor she brings my life
and the lives of my boys.
Happy Birthday babe.
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