Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all husbands were gentle with their wives, always asked for their wife’s input, and took great care to meet the needs and desires of their wife? Yep, that would be great, but unfortunately, both husbands and wives are still in the process of being sanctified (made holy) and we all have a way to go before we reach perfection! Your husband won’t be perfect. YOU aren’t perfect.
That being said, a wife doesn’t need to settle for a husband who continues to run rough-shod over her, ignoring her needs and desires, dismissing her input and suggestions, and doing whatever he wants with little regard to how his decisions and behavior affects her! In fact, 1 Peter 3:7 says… Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers. And Ephesians 5:25 says Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.
Clearly, God is calling husbands to self-sacrifice for their wives; to treat their wives with respect and consideration; to value their wives. So, what does this mean for you if your husband is very controlling, strong-willed and ignoring your needs or input? I believe it’s totally appropriate to pray for the right timing and the right words to respectfully ask him to consider your needs, desires, opinions and input on matters that affect your relationship and your family. If he agrees, great. If he doesn’t make any changes, then its likely time to ask him to go to a marriage counselor with you. If you don’t address your lop-sided relationship, you will likely find your heart slowly withering and becoming colder and harder toward your husband. Don’t wait until that happens to act! Act now.