Men are a funny bunch, all rough and burly on the outside, but often shy, insecure and broken within. I suppose that’s each of us. We all live in a sin-ravished world, after all, filled with sin-ravished people who, well, sin. With their mouths and their actions. And sin hurts. Pile on a lifetime of hurt and what do you get? A thick wall of defenses.
We all have them, and unfortunately, they don’t go away once we get married. In fact, if we’re not careful, they’ll grow–thicker and stronger, adding layer by layer of separation between us and our spouse.
Every time we lash out with our tongue, another brick gets added.
Every time we criticize, another brick gets added.
Every time we pull away, dish out the silent treatment, or bring up past mistakes in the heat of an argument, another brick gets added.
Until one day, we’re staring at a stranger who once was our best friend. A stranger who was intended to complete us, who God longs to make us one with, completely united. Or as Genesis 2:25 puts it, naked and not ashamed.
Can you imagine that kind of relationship–with your spouse? So how do you get there?
It’s not complicated, but it is hard. Proverbs 31:10-12 says:
A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
Her husband has full confidence in her. He trusts her implicitly. Why? Because he knows, he’s learned by watching her day in and day out, that she has his best in mind. Our husbands need to know that as well, which means we’ll need to show them–by being intentional, each day thinking of ways we can be a blessing rather than a drain.
For those in the muck of it; for those who, through unresolved hurts have built up their own wall, brick by brick, this can be hard. Our selfish, defensive nature doesn’t want to bring good to the one who hurt us. We might even wish that verse were flipped, if only so our spouse could feel the pain we do.
But here’s the thing. God calls us to love sacrificially. To lay our whole selves on the alter, following Him with our whole heart and surrendering our spouse–and our marriage!–to Him. He can handle it. He created the universe, after all. He created marriage, too. And your spouse. Which means he knows the both of you intimately and what it will take to bring your marriage from a place of mutual isolation to one of incredible fulfillment and peace. To a place where the both of you are naked–completely exposed–and not ashamed.
Your role? Lay the groundwork of trust by guarding our words, tone, and thoughts. And you can start today.
Did anything in today’s post stand out to you? What are some ways you are helping your spouse to trust you with his heart? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
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