If you want to please God, please your husband, and find true fulfillment in your role as a wife, then meditate and act upon the instructions God gives wives in the Bible. That’s what many of us have been trying to do at Squadron of Sisters over the last 12 years, and all I can say is….it works!!
Here are 8 key verses that describe a godly wife and/or reveal the purpose of a wife:
Genesis 2:18 (a godly wife is a companion and helper for her husband)
Ephesians 5:33 (a godly wife shows respect and honor for her husband, whether she “feels” like it or not!)
Proverbs 31:25 (a godly wife carries herself with dignity so she is able to lovingly but firmly establish boundaries with her husband if he is sinning against her)
Proverbs 31:30 (a godly wife respects and obeys the Lord)
Colossians 3:18 (a godly wife submits to her husband’s leadership, as long as he is not leading her down an immoral or destructive path)
Proverbs 31:27 (a godly wife is diligent in taking care of her family and household)
1 Corinthians 7:4 (a godly wife builds a robust sex life with her husband)
1 Peter 3:4 (a godly wife has a gentle and peaceful demeanor with her husband)
Can any of us be perfect wives, as described in the Bible? No way. None of us is capable of performing to this incredibly high standard every day. However, we are to earnestly seek to grow more and more like the Biblical model each day, and we all need to pray for Jesus to give us a willing heart to obey his instructions to us. 🙂
Watching the news each night on television makes me shudder. We learn of riots, murders, and plagues. We watch towns leveled and lives taken by earthquakes and tornadoes. Life on this earth is so short and we never know when we will be living our last day in these bodies. It causes me to reflect on the legacy I would leave if I were to be called home to be with Jesus today. It is something for you to ponder too. In what condition would you have left your marriage? What would be your marriage legacy? Would your children say they had an excellent role model for what a godly wife is supposed to look like? Or would they say mom was cold and bitter toward dad or seemed to always point out something he had done wrong?
The Bible wisely instructs us “Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry…” (Ephesians 4:26). So, perhaps today is a good day to take inventory on your relationships. Have you let anger and bitterness creep into the relationship with your husband, or your children, or other loved ones? Do what you can to respectfully address the issues that have prompted bitterness or anger. The Bible says in Romans 12:18, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” So, do what you can today to make peace. Don’t wait until tomorrow. I don’t mean to be theatrical, but truly, none of us has an ironclad guarantee of another sunrise. Let’s leave a godly legacy for our children. Let’s show our daughters how a wife can show respect and honor for her husband while at the same time refusing to put up with disrespectful or abusive behavior.