Marriage is among the most beautiful relationships two people can have, but it still takes work. Fortunately, Christians rely on the Word of God for times of challenge. The Bible is filled with remarkable passages about love, including verses that speak specifically of how a man should treat his wife. Read the tips below and start treating your loved one with due respect and acting in the right ways at home.
Method 1 of 2: Showing Love to Your Wife
Step 1. Love your wife above all
Besides God, your wife is the most important person in your life - and therefore your relationship needs to be built on a deep and strong love you feel for each other. Ephesians 5:25 states that a man should love his wife in the same way that Christ loved the Church, while Ephesians 5:28 says that he should love a woman as he loves his own body. In other words: it is a very intimate relationship.
- You must know your wife inside out. Pay attention to what she says and does all the time and find out what makes her unique and special.
- Remembering that the Bible says that a man should love his wife "as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for her" (Ephesians 5:25).
Step 2. Form a team with your wife
You have to work side by side to build a life together. In this sense, she is your main companion. Genesis 2:18 states that God created Eve because Adam needed a "suitable helper," while Genesis 2:24 postulates: "Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave unto his wife, and they will both be one flesh".
- In a healthy marriage, the man and woman enhance each other's strengths and help to lessen faults-as if they were one.
- For example, you may be impatient while your wife is calmer in resolving sensitive situations.
- The same is true for Ecclesiastes 4:9-11: "It is better to be two than one, for they have better pay for their labor. For if one falls, the other lifts up his companion; but woe to him who is alone; for he falls, there will be no other to raise him. Also, if two sleep together, they will be warm; but one, how will he be warm?"
Step 3. Be understanding with your wife, even when she makes a mistake
As much as you love your wife, she is bound to make a mistake from time to time, such as being impatient or rude. However, Colossians 3:19 says, "Husbands, love your wives, and do not be angry with them." Show compassion and love to the woman so that she learns from her mistakes and doesn't make them again.
- 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 states the following: "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it does not take pride..
- Of course, you also have to be humble and ask for forgiveness if you make a mistake.
Step 4. Protect your wife from all harm
As much as your wife is able to take care of herself, the Bible still places the responsibility on you, the man, to protect her. Do what is necessary: get her out of risky situations, defend her when necessary, etc. In some cases this may mean that you must make responsible decisions for yourself - so that she is not affected.
In a healthy, Bible-based relationship, the wife also protects the husband. For example, she might take care of your health by reminding you to go to the doctor for a check-up a year or encourage you to cultivate good friendships
Step 5. Encourage your wife to always be the best person possible
Every person who lives in a happy, healthy marriage wants to see their spouse reach their potential. So, talk about the good things you see in your wife and encourage her to always pursue her own dreams. Remember that everyone has talents and passions, and the Bible says these are gifts that bring honor to God.
- Hebrews 10:24 says, "And let us consider one another, that we may be stirred up to love and good works."
- 1 Corinthians 12:5-6, in turn, encourages each person to find ways to serve God: “And there are different ministries, but the Lord is the same. everything in everyone".
Step 6. Demonstrate how trustworthy you are to your wife
While it's important to tell your wife how much you love her, the greatest example of love one person can give another is lifelong devotion. Show that you are trustworthy, faithful and honest at all times.
The Bible says that actions speak louder than words: "My little children, let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and in truth" (1 John 3:18)
Step 7. Develop an intimate sexual relationship with your wife
You should also bond with your wife physically, whether it's spending a few minutes with her before work or organizing a romantic evening for two (even if your routines are hectic). This not only supplies physical needs, but it also strengthens emotional and spiritual bonds.
- 1 Corinthians 7:3 says, "Let a husband pay a wife due loving-kindness, and likewise a wife to her husband."
- In that same passage, the Bible says: "Do not deprive each other, but by mutual consent for a time, to apply yourselves to fasting and prayer; and then come together again, lest Satan tempt you by your incontinence " (1 Corinthians 7:5).
Step 8. Dedicate yourself fully to your wife for the rest of your life
To love your wife according to the Bible, you have to understand that marriage is a permanent institution. God's Word states that divorce should only take place in cases of unfaithfulness. So get ready to face all the other challenges on your way. As Mark 10:9 says, "Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man put apart."
Remember that marriage is a gift and honor it at all costs: “Many waters cannot quench this love, nor rivers drown it; they would despise" (Song of Solomon 8:7)
Method 2 of 2: Learning to be a Good Leader at Home
Step 1. Make your relationship with God a priority
You also have to be the best person you can be to make your marriage and home life work. As a Christian, you still have to dedicate yourself to God through prayer, reading the Bible, and the example of Jesus. Although each person has their own busy routine, it is still necessary to devote time to religion in the morning, weekly services, and so on.
Proverbs 3:33 says, "The curse of the Lord dwells in the house of the wicked, but the dwelling of the righteous will bless."
Step 2. Ask for wisdom in your prayers
In Ephesians 5:23, the Bible states that the husband should be the head of the family: "For the husband is the head of the wife, just as Christ is the head of the church, being himself the savior of the body." However, don't expect your wife to be a mere obedient servant, even more so to your whims. Think through what's best for your life (and hers) before making any decisions that affect your family.
Rely on your wife's wisdom. Ask for her help in making important decisions that impact the entire home
Step 3. Be honest about your mistakes
Nobody has to be perfect to be a good spouse. Even so, you have an obligation to be honest and humble, especially if you do something wrong. Always opt for the truth, regardless of the situation - if you've spent too much money on something superfluous, if you've lost your temper and been scolded, and so on.
James 5:16 reads: "Confess your guilt to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed."
Step 4. Look for ways to support your home
As much as a home needs two responsible adults to function, you still have to do everything you can to meet the family's needs. For example: if you are having financial difficulties, look for "jobs" to earn extra income. It's also part of sacrificing something you want for something your wife wants (or needs), as long as it's a generous and heartfelt act.
The Bible directs man to do all he can for his family: "But if anyone does not care for his own, and especially for his family, he has denied the faith, and is worse than the unfaithful" (1 Timothy 5:8)
Step 5. Don't be sexually immoral
Unfortunately, people today are exposed to images that stir up impure and lustful thoughts. You may even know someone who will try to seduce you at any cost, but 1 Corinthians 7:4 says: "A woman has no power over her own body, but her husband has it; and in the same way a husband has no power. power over her own body, but the woman has it". It means that it is your responsibility to keep a pure body for your wife (and she to do the same).
- Proverbs 5:20 says, "And why, my son, would you let yourself be attracted to another woman, and would you embrace a stranger's breast?"
- Hebrews 13:4 delivers an even more significant message: "Marriage be revered among all, and the bed without blemish; but those who are prostitutes and adulterers, God will judge them."
- The Bible says that even the act of letting lustful thoughts pass through your head is already a sin: "But I say unto you, whoever looks upon a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Matthew 5:28).