Honor Your Wives Pt. 2

“Likewise, husbands live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel since they are heirs with you of the grace of life so that your prayers may not be hindered.” – 1 Peter 3:7

Yesterday, we looked at four ways husbands are to honor their wives: maritally, physically, emotionally, and verbally. Today we will dive into four more areas of honor. 

  1. Financially: 1 Timothy 5:8 says that if a man “… does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” If you want any other man to respect you, if you want your wife to respect you, if you want your children to respect you, you pay the bills, you make the money and you feed your family. 
  2. Practically: Some guys don’t have a schedule, a budget, or a plan. Their wives have no idea what’s going on. As husbands, we need to help bring order to the home and work together with our wives to architect a life that is manageable, peaceful, and fun. Consider doing a sync meeting with your spouse weekly or bi-weekly to discuss schedules and any situations that you need to address regarding the family.
  3. Parentally: Gentlemen, your wife wants you to love the kids. She wants you to help raise them. She wants you to love them, then to pursue them. She wants you to get guy time with the boys. She wants you to have daddy dates with the girls. She wants you to model Ephesians 6 and be their pastor. It’s your job to love your kids. It’s your job to pray with your kids. It’s your job to teach the Bible to your kids. It’s your job to encourage your kids. It’s your job to discipline your kids.
  4. Spiritually: As the husband and head of the family, it’s your job to lead spiritually. You pray with your family. You read the Bible with your family. You pick a good Bible-believing church and start serving in it. Not sure where to start? Start by praying with your wife. Leading spiritually is the foundation of everything else.

What all this means is a man’s priorities will be Christian, husband, father, employee. Those are your first four duties. It’ll take most of your life. You’re not going to have a lot of time and you will need to put down your tools, your hobbies, your car, your projects, your golf clubs, your Xbox, the remote control, and your laptop to honor your wife. Your goal is not to stand before God and tell Him what level you got to on World of Warcraft. You will stand before God and give an account for the life you lead individually and as the head of your family. 

-Men, how are you doing at honoring your wife in each of these four areas, and especially spiritually? 

-Women, how can you lovingly encourage your husband to step up in any of these areas?

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