Monday, September 22, 2014
Learning To Be My Wife’s Biggest Fan
In review of Hebrews 3:13 it says, “Encourage each other every day while it is ‘today.’”
Encourage each other daily, while it is today, so that we won’t get deceived by sin and hardened against God.
What this means to me:
I am to encourage others every day, as we can be deceived easily by sin. Sin can blind us and end up causing us to be stubborn and hardened against God.
This morning I am reminded that God has given me an incredibly important role in my marriage. I am to be my wife’s biggest fan. It’s a job only I can do, in a way that God desires. Unfortunately, we live in a world full of critics. I don’t need to look very far to find someone who will want to put us down.
For this reason, everyone needs to be affirmed by someone else on a regular basis. It’s how God wired us. So in order to grow my marriage, it's important for me to affirm my wife as well. The Bible says in Hebrews 3:13, “Encourage each other every day while it is ‘today’” (NCV).
First I need to affirm her value. When dealing with houses, the word “appreciate” means to rise in value. So likewise, I can raise the value of other people including her when I show appreciation for them. As I openly appreciate my wife and place value on her, I ultimately raise the value of my marriage. Proverbs 12:25 says, “A word of encouragement does wonders” (LB). So a word of encouragement will do wonders for my marriage, or for any other relationship I have.
Next I need to affirm her strengths. I can bring out the best in her when I specifically point out her best, and not her worst. I can choose to be a dream builder, not a dream buster. We ultimately become what other people see in us.
Lastly, I need to affirm her ministry. I need to let her know how much I appreciate what she does for God’s sake in the world. I can cheer her on as she makes contributions. Help her see the impact being made for Jesus’ sake. If I can do this, it will help the health of my marriage.
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