Today is Day Twenty-one of “The Respect Dare” and we are going to talk about public praise vs. public criticism.
“And the wife must respect her husband.” ~ Ephesians 5:33 NIV
Oh my! I was appalled to read of how the woman spoke to her friends about her husband – with or without him standing there. But it was horrible with him standing there being shamed in front of her friends after he had worked to serve her and her friends.
We should be our husbands biggest cheerleader! We cannot expect our men to rise up and be servant leaders if we are telling and showing them that we think they are incompetent blundering idiots. I’m pretty sure that we didn’t think of them like that when we chose to walk down the aisle to marry our Prince Charming. So, why would we think it was okay to treat them like that now?
Never ever EVER criticize your husband in public. This is a sure way to spiritually sever your marriage relationship. And while we are speaking on criticism… Do you really NEED to? If you cannot speak the truth in love (with a motive of restoring your husband to a right relationship with Christ), you really shouldn’t speak. You should take it to the only One who really has a chance at changing your man. Trust God to do the work that you cannot. I could say so much more, but I think a couple of others have already done great jobs on this subject. Peaceful Wife in particular does a really great job of addressing this and similar topics on her blog.
Take time today to publicly praise your husband. Tell others how blessed you are by your amazing man. Then, watch him shine even brighter!
I am married to an amazing worship leader. I have always loved watching him play guitar and am amazed as I watch him grow in the ministry that God has called him in. He is truly gifted and I am blessed to be able to sing along side him often.
Heavenly Father, Thank You for continuing to show us how we can best show our husbands respect. I pray that you would encourage each lady who is following along with me to continue to take each day as it comes and know that You are working greatly in each one of us. Help us to see areas that we can publicly praise our husbands regularly.
Thank you Lord, for all that you do and all that you are.
In Jesus’ Name… Amen!
If you are just joining us, I am doing “The Respect Dare” 40 day challenge along with the ladies at Unbroken Woman and others.
I pray each of you have a great day and also make sure you are visiting The Unbroken Woman to enter to win gifts and be entered to win the Kindle Fire. Check out the following two links specifically:
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DAY 21 STUDY LEADERS’ LINKS
Marriage Is Your First Ministry
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Godspeed… ~ Tiffani