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17 Confessions of a Good Husband

In honor of March 8th, which is International Women’s Day, I wanted to share with you 17 ways I’m trying to honor the main woman in my life, Christina!

If you want to know a bit more about Christina check out these posts.

Note: The following confessions are something I strive for but often fail at or don’t do well.

17 Confessions of a Good Husband

  1. I will humbly allow God to grow me through my mistakes and the difficulties of marriage because I believe marriage is one of God’s greatest tools to push me towards godliness.
  2. I will be very slow to point out any of my wife’s failures because my failures and sins should always be greater in my eyes than her sins.
  3. I will seek her forgiveness regularly and promptly.
  4. I will forgive her even when she doesn’t ask for it.
  5. I will do everything to make sure a constant spirit of forgiveness and grace permeates our marriage.
  6. I will not demand her love but rather graciously accept it and try to live worthy of it because I don’t deserve her love for me.
  7. I will pray with my wife and pray for my wife every day.
  8. I will make my wife’s spiritual needs one of my greatest concerns.
  9. I will be very careful with my words because a hurtful word can never be completely taken back.
  10. I will strive for truth and honesty with grace and respect in all my conversations with her.
  11. I will daily search the Scriptures and seek God because I simply cannot lead my wife spiritually if I am not growing spiritually myself.
  12. I will never tell my wife that I wish she was more like me, instead I’ll just stop for a minute and imagine how awful it would be, to be married to me!
  13. I will acknowledge to anyone and everyone that my success in almost every aspect can be directly attributed to my wife!
  14. I will listen quietly and humbly and without self-justification to my wife’s criticism because only God himself knows me better than my wife.
  15. I will never tell her that her job is easier than mine.
  16. I will place my relationship with God first and with my wife second and never allow another relationship to supersede those two primary relationships.
  17. I will fight for her heart daily through unselfish service, kind words, gentle demeanor, and unwavering faithfulness!

Did I miss anything? What confessions would you add to this list?

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I am a pastor, missionary, and preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Ukraine since 2007. God blessed me with a wonderful wife and 5 amazing children! My greatest passion is to teach, encourage, and exhort others to turn to Jesus, who is Savior, Lord, and God!

  • Great post; thanks for the reminders of how I should treat my wife! Now to live up to them…

    P.S. #2 is missing the word “be” between “always greater”.

    • Thanks Paul! I just fixed it.

  • This is so sweet! Thank you for sharing. These can be applied to wives loving and submitting to their husbands too.

    • Yes, I agree, these things can really go both ways!

  • Nancy Suko

    Fantastic!! Just finished dealing with a messed up marriage situation–they just need to read your 17 confessions and do it!!!

    • Unfortunately that’s all too often the problem, our hearts don’t want to do these things even if we know them.

  • Great list Caleb. I’m trying to just spend time listening to my wife share her concerns and heart with me. Not sharing my ideas or solutions but just being willing to hear what she is saying.

    • Ah, yes, that’s important Dan.

  • I love that you spent time doing this. We all benefit, but I’m sure she must have been incredibly honored by your words.

    • I hope so, but the most important thing is to honor her with actions behind those words!

    • Certainly these words were pleasant for her to hear, now if I can only put some action behind them!