This is for you, Christian wives, or those who have ever wondered what does the Bible actually say about a wife’s role? Prayerfully consider the list below…
An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones. Prov 12:4 (ESV)
A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands. Prov 14:1 (NLT)
It is better to live alone in the desert than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife. Prov 21:19 (NLT)
An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of his life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for all her household are clothed in scarlet. She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Prov 31:10-30 (ESV)
“‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” Mark 10:7-12 (ESV)
The husband should meet his wife’s sexual needs, and the wife should do the same thing for her husband. The wife doesn’t have authority over her own body but the husband does. Likewise, the husband doesn’t have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Don’t refuse to meet each other’s needs unless you both agree for a short period of time to devote yourselves to prayer. Then come back together again so that Satan might not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 1 Cor 7:3-5a (CEB)
To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord); the wife should not separate from her husband (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife. 1 Cor 7:10-11 (ESV)
If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace. For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife? 1 Cor 7:13-16 (ESV)
Wives, submit to your own husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Eph 5:22-24 (ESV)
The wife must respect her husband. Eph 5:33b (NIV)
Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Col 3:18-19 (ESV)
Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 1 Tim 3:11 (ESV)
Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery. Heb 13:4 (NLT)
In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands. Then, even if some refuse to obey the Good News, your godly lives will speak to them without any words. They will be won over by observing your pure and reverent lives. Don’t be concerned with the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. This is how holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They trusted God and accepted the authority of their husbands. For instance, Sarah obeyed her husband, Abraham, and called him her master. You are her daughters when you do what is right without fear of what your husbands might do. 1 Pet 3:1-6 (NLT)
Questions for consideration
- Am I am excellent wife or do I bring shame to my husband?
- Am I building my home up or tearing it down?
- Am I quarrelsome or complaining?
- Do I do my husband good and not evil?
- Do I have strength and dignity?
- Do I open my mouth with wisdom and have the teaching of kindness on my tongue?
- Do I look well to the ways of my household?
- Do I meet the sexual needs of my husband?
- Do I submit to my husband, as I submit to the Lord? Do I let him make the final decisions? Do I choose to let him lead?
- Do I respect my husband?
- Do I slander people?
- Am I faithful in all things?
- Do I honour my marriage? Do I keep my sex life (and sexual thoughts and comments) to my marriage and keep it pure?
- Do I have a pure and reverent life and a gentle and quiet spirit?
- Do I care more about my appearance than my inner life?
- Do I trust God and accept the authority of my husband?