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Every husband has his own internal list of things that feel respectful to him. What matters most is not this particular list, but what most speaks honor and real respect to your particular husband.
25 Ways to Show Real Respect for Your Husband
- Be sure to have your time with God in His Word and in prayer daily. Seek Him first by a long shot. It is impossible to be a godly wife and to honor our husbands from the heart if we are spiritually starving.
- Care about his feelings, words, and opinions the way you would like him to care about yours.
- Treat him like a grown adult and a person of equal worth in the eyes of God.
- Approach him with humility realizing that his perspective and wisdom have worth just like yours do.
- If he has a higher drive sexually, seek to be joyfully available to him and to enjoy him whenever you can. If he has a lower drive sexually, seek to extend grace, patience, understanding, and selflessness to him rather than pressuring him or condemning him.
- Don’t interrupt him whenever possible.
- Treat him well especially in front of others. This includes on social media. Don’t fight, argue, insult him, or air grievances in public.
- Bless him with that radiant smile of yours that lights up the room just because you love him when you see him after work (and lots of other times, too).
- When he mentions something that is important to him, try to put that high up on your to-do list.
- Communicate directly, concisely, and in a straightforward way rather than giving hints and expecting him to read your mind.
- Share your concerns, ideas, wisdom, perspective, and feelings calmly, with a pleasant tone of voice whenever appropriate, using good manners.
- Use a friendly tone of voice and facial expressions as a general habit.
- Focus on his strengths and the good things you see in him.
- Appreciate the ways he shows you love and tries to make your life better even if there are other ways you would like him to show love to you.
- Honor his parenting and seek to support his decisions as much as possible. If you disagree, share that respectfully and humbly in private. (If he is sinning against your children, you may need to confront him)
- Speak highly of his family. Avoid gossiping about him.
- Do things that you enjoy for yourself and take responsibility for your emotional wellbeing.
- Give him time and space to process difficult emotions and tough decisions without pressuring him to talk if he is not ready.
- Keep vulnerable and sensitive information confidential (unless there are severe problems and you are speaking to a counselor/appropriate mentor/the police).
- Be flexible and able to roll with changes and challenges that inevitably come up in life. Your stress level greatly impacts everyone in the family, including your husband.
- Believe in him. Seek to have faith in him as much as possible.
- Don’t compare him to other men, even in your heart.
- Accept him and let him know you appreciate the man he is and that you are not trying to change or control him. He is not your “project.”
- Receive compliments, love, acts of service, and gifts from him graciously.
- Relax with him, enjoy him, and be his friend.
To Properly Respect Your Husband, Be Close to Jesus
It is so critical that before you attempt to show respect for your husband, you put God way above your husband in your hearts so that you are filled to overflowing with Christ.
Then you can approach the marriage from a position of spiritual and emotional abundance. You find our security and identity in Christ. You are already fulfilled and content in Jesus.
Only He can meet the deepest needs of our hearts, minds, and souls – no human can do that. When we understand that our husbands can’t be God to us, and that they are mere mortals just like we are, we can see them as fellow travelers rather than having expectations of them and of marriage that are unrealistic.
We can take responsibility for our own spiritual well-being in God and our own emotions. We can be sure we are treating God and ourselves with respect.
We can be filled up with God’s Spirit, spilling over with His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Then we are ready to learn to respect our husbands.
(Wives would appreciate many of these things, as well – and wives each have their own list of things that feel loving to them, too. Everyone appreciates being treated with honor, godly love, and respect.)
(If a husband is involved in unrepentant sin, a wife does have a responsibility to respectfully confront him in many situations.)
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