Proverbs 31 is best known for the guide to virtuous wifehood. Fellas, if you want to know what a virtuous woman looks like, you can’t go wrong with reading Proverbs 31. Ladies, if you need a glimpse of what it takes to be a virtuous wife, you know to refer to Proverbs 31. That sections of the Bible points out what true “wife material” really entails.
But guess what else can be found in Proverbs 31?
It points out a few intricate details that GOOD husbands should do for their wives! See, it’s easy to read over certain things in the Bible. Especially once certain verses, chapters and sections have been popularized. As soon as we think Proverbs 31 — boom! We automatically think “virtuous wife.” Therefore when we read it, all we search for is God’s instructions on what a good woman looks like, while unintentionally looking over everything else. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with referring to Proverbs 31 for that purpose. God put it there for a reason. We need to know what a virtuous wife is. Without it, us fellas wouldn’t have any proper guidelines or basis from God on what we ought to expect from our wives. On the flip side, women wouldn’t have any guidance on how to become what God calls a virtuous woman. So I’m not downplaying the significant purpose of Proverbs 31. What I am saying is that we can’t overlook everything else that God is saying in these verses. Husbands can take some serious pointers regarding our own roles from Proverbs 31 as well. I’m going to focus on one of the instructions that stood out to me the most in regards to husbands:
Praise your wife.
Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!” – Proverbs 31:28-29
Hint, hint fellas. God clearly outlines: a man with a virtuous wife praises her.
What does it mean to praise your wife?
Her husband is so satisfied with her conduct towards himself, his household, his business, and their children, that he praiseth her. He shows himself sensible of her excellence, and encourages her, in her work, by the commendations he bestows. – Godvine Commentary
Fellas, Proverbs 31 teaches a wise lesson here. A virtuous wife is worthy of your praise. The first step to praising your wife, is recognizing that her work is appreciable. Look at everything she does for you, the household, the kids — look at how much she supports you, loves you and encourages you.
That deserves a lot of praise!
Once you recognize her work is appreciable (which it is) that’s when you begin to commend her for her work. Let her know that she’s the best woman out there! Tell her how much you adore her and cherish her for who she is and what she does. Compliment her and give her the credit that’s due unto her. The last thing you want to do is let her work go unnoticed. Recognizing and praising her for her value/work will only encourage her to continuously be a virtuous wife!
Think about it.
Fellas, when you’re at your job, if your boss never recognizes your value, if you never get a raise or any type of award, won’t you feel devalued? Doesn’t that make you not want to work as hard? Why would you want to work your butt off for someone who doesn’t appreciate you? The same thing goes for marriage. If you don’t praise your wife, she just may begin to feel devalued. Don’t be surprised if she’s not as virtuous as she once was. Can you blame her? I wouldn’t. So remember fellas,
Praise your wife.
What can you praise her for today? – Micheal
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