Hey guys, let’s talk about our most important earthly relationship; our wives.

I know most guys like to quote this scripture, Eph. 5:23, “For the husband is the head of the wife…” and “…wives should submit to their husbands in everything.” That sounds really good, but don’t get carried away thinking this gives you all kinds of power over your wife. It does give you authority, but with authority comes a ton of responsibility. Every time you decide what is right for you and your wife, you must decide what protects your wife from any harm.

Being selfish with this authority is a sin of the worst type. First you must remember they stayed with us for longer than anyone would expect, and if we’re honest, each one of us married up. If they bailed on us it’s because there was just too much pain and danger for them to tolerate. Many, however, are still standing by us no matter even if their family and friends are calling them crazy. They just won’t give up on us. They see something in us worth saving and they are determined to save us from the trash heap.

Proverbs 31:10 says, “A wife of noble character, who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.” That’s what God knows and wants us to learn. It’s time to open our eyes and see our women, our wives, as God sees them “…woman is the glory of man,” 1 Cor. 11:7.

God says that they are our glory, can you imagine, they are seen by God as our glory and, “she brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life,” Proverbs 31:12. We need to treat them with respect and protect them.

God leaves us no wiggle room when he says, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her…” Eph. 5:23. Stop loving yourself first and start loving your wife before yourself. That’s a tall order, but we should all strive for that goal. We can show this best by considering what is best for our wives in every decision we make and obeying the word of God.

Our wives want to be proud of us, but we make it very hard when we act like the whole world revolves around us and everything needs to please us. We may be guys, but we don’t have to act like it.

If we honor God through Jesus Christ we will be honoring our wives and the love they have for us.

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By R H Clark

Ron is a retired pharmacist with 42 years of experience. He and his wife Kitty have been on mission trips to Thailand and Columbia. Ron has taught Bible and preached in the Tom Green County Jail for two years.

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