It is amazing that two married people can live together and not really know each other! Ignorance is dangerous in any area of life, but it is especially dangerous in marriage. A Christian husband needs to know his wife’s moods, feelings, needs, fears, and hopes. He needs to “listen with his heart” and share meaningful communication with her.
There must be in the home such a protective atmosphere of love and submission that the husband and wife can disagree and still be happy together.
It has well been said that love without truth is hypocrisy, and truth without love is brutality. We need both truth and love if we are to grow in our understanding of one another. How can a husband show consideration for his wife if he does not understand her needs or problems? To say, “I never knew you felt that way!” is to confess that, at some point, one mate excommunicated the other. When either mate is afraid to be open and honest about a matter, then you are building walls and not bridges.
Verse for today; “But speaking the truth in love, [we] may grow up into Him [Christ] in all things” (Ephesians 4:15).
Also read: 1 Peter 3:7; Ecclesiastes 9:9; 1 Corinthians 7:3; Colossians 3:19.
Action assignment: List in order of importance, as you see it, ten things a husband can do to show he loves his wife—or vice versa. If you are married, ask God to help you show more love to your spouse. If not, pray for a married person who needs to show more love to his or her spouse.
WARREN W. WIERSBE