Understanding & Love

One of the projects I was working on the past few weeks was a presentation for the NC Sheriff’s Chaplains Association on encouraging law enforcement officers to give attention to their family life.

One of the verses which deals with the relationship between husbands and wives is I Peter 3:7 which says “Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.”

“Dwell with them with understanding.” Interesting. I also found it interesting that in the famous “Love Chapter” of the Bible, I Corinthians 13 in verses 9-12 speak of understanding. So, obviously love and understanding are linked together.

As a husband, in order to understand my wife, I must find out what “makes her tick.” Better stated, what are her needs? As I discover those needs, and help meet those which I can – security, affirmation, assurance she senses my love for her.

Love which is driven by the need of the other person is exactly the kind of love we are shown by Christ. Yet, so often in this world we are caught up in the “what can you do for me?” kind of love.

So guys, listen to your wife. In her words, what needs does she express? Learn how you can help meet those needs and love her by doing your very best to do those very things. You will bring honor to her and enhance your own prayer life.

Ladies, print this out and give it your husband J


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