Tearing Him Down
My husband is pretty great. I don’t say that to brag or to put your spouse down, I say it because it’s true. Even on days when I know I look my worst, he tells me how beautiful I am. When I have had a tough day at work, I will come home to dinner and foot massage. On his days off, he will sweep the floors, fold the laundry and clean up the house. Randomly he will send me text messages professing his love for me or encouraging me to keep my chin up. There have been days I go to get into my car, and he has place flowers in my seat. Some nights we just cuddle together and other nights we will horseplay until I am breathless with laughter. He supports me in all my silly endeavors; he is constantly promoting my blog and encouraging me to follow my dreams. Honestly, my husband is amazing!
I know my husband is great, I know he is always there for me, and I know God put us together. Even with all that, I find myself accentuating the negative aspects of our relationship. We will have a disagreement and I will complain about him to my friends. It’s not just me that does it either. Women I barely know, women I just met, will trash talk their husbands.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building other up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
-Ephesians 4:29 (NIV), emphasis added
My job as a wife is to elevate my husband not talk down about or to him. Not only my husband, but I should be elevating those around me too, but I find, more often than not, that wives (and husbands) will talk down about their spouses instead of focusing on the good things. We are all human and we are all going to make mistakes and make our spouses unhappy at times. When we focus on the negative, when we talk about the bad things, when we tear our spouses down, whether to their faces or to others, not only are we bringing our marriages closer to an end, but we are not doing as God has called in Ephesians.
The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.
-Proverbs 18:21 (NIV), emphasis added
Our words have the power of life and death. If we are always speaking death, speaking negatively, about our spouses, then we are speaking death into our marriages and our marriages will fail. If the only things I say about my husband are negative, then I am going to start seeing only the negative. Satan and his minions are going to ensure that I focus on the bad and not the good. I need to be deliberate about accentuating the positive aspect of my marriage not the negative. When I only focus on the bad, why would I want to stay with my husband and why would he want to stay with me?
I had a friend that would never say anything good about her husband. Every time I saw her she would tear him down and talk about how awful he was to the point that she would mention divorce every time she spoke about him. When I finally met him, all I could see about him were the negative aspects she had told me.
We are not building our husbands and wives up just for their benefit or just for the benefit of our marriage, but for the benefit of those around us as well. Some might wonder why I stay with Zak if all I ever talk about are the bad moments. Also, if I can manage to speak life into my marriage, even in the midst of a bad moment, then think about those around me seeing Christ in my marriage.
I urge you, even if your marriage is having a bad day, a bad week, a bad month, a bad year, speak life into it and see what happens. I believe that when you start focusing on the good and not the bad, your marriage will start to look better and better. And once you begin, those around you are going to see Christ through your marriage as well. They are going to see a marriage that looked rocky coming back together.
So if you find yourself constantly focusing on the negative aspects of your spouse, here are a few ways to decompress and shift your focus back to the positive.
- Pray! Give the negative to God. Don’t complain to God about your spouse, instead ask Him to put your focus on the positive.
- Journal the positive. When you start writing the positive you are going to see the good in your marriage and remember why you fell in love in the first place.
- Talk to your spouse. Not when your tearing at each other’s throats, but after you’ve had a chance to pray and calm down. Talk about what’s bothering you, but also build them up.
These are just a few suggestions that work for me. There are other ways, but your first avenue should always be to go to God and pray.
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