However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. – Ephesians 5:33
Pastors often preach about the woman depicted in Proverbs 31 as what a wife should be. Godly, faithful, diligent, virtuous—she’s the entire package. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve never heard a sermon on what the husband of that woman must’ve been like. And I could stand to learn a few things from him—and probably some of you could too.
Look closely at Proverbs 31. The character and accomplishments of the wife imply many things about the husband standing silently in the background. He must’ve granted her a great deal of latitude to make important decisions about the home and the family budget. Furthermore, he must’ve encouraged and respected her—two ingredients crucial to her operation of the thriving business discussed in the Proverb.
If a wife is to be free to succeed in her multifaceted role, the husband must hear, respect, and support her. Otherwise, her gifts will be blocked, and she won’t be the woman God called her to be.
Husbands and wives complement one another’s weaknesses. It’s ultimately, God’s way of blessing each of you! The only things Proverbs 31 does say about the husband is that he’s respected at the city gate, and that he rises to call his wife blessed.
– Steve Arterburn
Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success. – Henry Ford