8 Great Ways to Honor Your Wife: Use Words Wisely
Marilynn and I have coined what we call “8 Greats” for different areas of our lives that require practical, biblical wisdom. We are spending two weeks looking at 8 great ways husbands can honor their wives. Husbands, today’s tool is this: use words wisely! Words are powerful. Proverbs 18:21 says “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” Words can do damage or they can bring healing (Proverbs 12:18). In fact, Proverbs 16:24 says, “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” I want to see a generation of men rise up who know how to rightly use their words. To be wise voices who bring perspective and healing. Do you remember hearing the ridiculous phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”? What a lie! Words hurt. They sting. And are long remembered. Speak words of life to your beloved. Things like, “I am so honored to be your husband.” Then, say this publicly before others and it will really get you brownie points. Tell her, “I am never leaving you.” “Thank you for marrying me.” “I am so grateful for all you do for me.” If you have never said anything like this before to your bride, try it today! Take one or two of these examples I have given you and use them. Watch what happens! Where you have felt distance, there will be closeness. Where disappointments have been commonplace, hope will return. Then watch as you two become one!