1 Peter 3
Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.(v7)
A good marriage is built on mutual sacrifice. Adam had to sacrifice something near and dear to him in order to get Eve – a rib. And your wife will know you love her when you be willing to give up things that are important to you in order to meet her needs and promote her well-being. Too many men want to be married but still function as singles.
They don’t want to sacrifice anytime, attention, or resources for the benefit of their wives. They don’t want a wife, they want a maid. They want to marry someone so they can be served. No-it’s the opposite! The Bible says you and your wife are “heirs together.” That means she is an equal partner. So her opinion, thoughts, and perspectives matter. Yes, as the leader of your home you may make the final decision but when you don’t get your wife’s input and consider her viewpoint, holy wedlock can turn into unholy deadlock. Your wife will respond to you when she feels cherished and valued. (Ephesians 5:29). You say, “But my wife’s as cold as ice.” How did she get that way? Ice only stays icy in a cold environment. Husbands are thermostats and wives are thermometers. Husbands determine the climate and wives thrive or shrivel accordingly. There’s a reason your wife’s “cold!” And there’s a solution. Warm her up and watch her melt. When you begin to love, nurture, cherish, and protect her as Christ did the church, you’ll have a whole new woman in your arms. Try it and see (TWFT)
PRAYER LINE: My Father and my God, please let there be an understanding in my marriage where the opinion, thoughts, perspectives of each other matter.
We can trust God to do what we cannot do