How to Honor an Unbelieving Husband, Friday’s Feedback
Reader Question: My husband and I have been married seven years and we don’t have any children. I am a recent convert to the faith (just shy of a year). The more I spend time in God’s Word and at church, the more I want my husband too also and to love God like I do. What if my husband isn’t walking with the Lord? How do I honor God and respect my husband? How do I encourage him?
Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post is written by fellow CMBA-er, Tami Myer. Be sure to check out her awesome marriage-uplifting blog, Manna for Marriage, but first read her wonderful guest post response to this reader.
How exciting to hear that you are a new believer, growing in your love for God and for His Word! That is fantastic, and it is wonderful that you are eager to share this great adventure with your husband.
Do not despair that he is not a believer; God wants you right where you are to serve Him in a very powerful and significant way. God has put a high calling upon your life to be an influence of holiness in your husband’s life. God will be faithful to meet your needs so that you are then able to minister to your husband.
You could try leaving tracts on your husband’s pillow, reading Scripture loudly when he walks by, or keeping yourself busy by attending lots of church functions. You could, … but please don’t! It won’t work, and both of you will be miserable! Instead, here are some trustworthy, God-given directives that won’t backfire. We can use the acronym RAPID to list some ways in which you can bless your husband, whether he is a believer or not.
Respect your husband. You may not respect everything that he does, but you can always respect the man God created him to be because he is an immortal spirit made in the image of God Almighty. Be continually aware that your husband is created for greatness and honor. He is designed for strength and success. Stay in awe of that.
Maintain a “zero-tolerance policy” against critical or demeaning thoughts of your husband in your own mind and spirit. Rehearse to yourself the truth of his great value. See his failings as brokenness and spiritual captivity, not as personal attacks that threaten your spiritual well-being.
Accept him. Accept him for who he is at his core. Keep a warm “welcome” in your spirit to your man. When you communicate to him, “I accept you, and I desire you,” then your holiness becomes beautiful to him and can attract him to God.
Pray. Pray for yourself, and pray for your husband. Pray for insight into your husband’s needs and for wisdom on how best to minister to those needs. Pray for God to show you how to respect your husband in ways that are meaningful to him. Pray for God’s work in your husband’s heart–not so that your life will be more pleasant, but that his life will be more blessed.
Invite your husband. God has designed wives to be like fragrance, inviting their husbands into holiness. We are called by God to be magnets that draw our husbands to God; we are not called to be whips that drive our husbands to God.
Your faith will be inviting to your husband when it makes you inviting–that is, joyful, pleasant, and cooperative. A woman who is critical and unhappy does not make her God appealing.
Determine to enjoy him. Make it a matter of your will, not your feelings. Insist upon enjoying him. “Relish life with the spouse you love each and every day …” (Eccl. 9:9, MSG). Focus on strengthening your friendship with him.
Become a 1 Peter 3 woman. God will give you a resting, calm spirit as you trust Him. Draw your strength and encouragement from Scripture, from prayer, and from godly girlfriends who will encourage your marriage commitment.
May God bless you in special ways as you serve Him in your marriage.
“Whether you feel that you are starving in your marriage or feasting, God has truth that will nourish and strengthen your relationship. Your marriage is worth nurturing because your marriage represents people who are worth loving.” (Tami Myer. www.MannaForMarriage.com)
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