Does the relationship with your wife really matter? Yes. Loving your wife as Christ has commanded is essential to your prayer life. How so?

“Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.” 1 Peter 3:7

We often take our wives for granted because most of them do not sound the alarm as they live out a life of service in the home. It is often a thankless responsibility to maintain a household. At the end of the day, the wife can be exhausted, yet that does not end when breast feeding is needed: at 2AM. Eeesh!

It is true that women love to hear I love you on a frequent basis, but they like to see that lived out as well, especially in the realm of daily chores. What are some everyday ways that we can show love to our wives through regular acts of service?

1. Watching the children while she runs errands alone, reads, or exercises is a big morale booster. Before children, errands were more of a nuisance, but now they are like mini-vacations to our ladies. Reading and regular exercise aren’t taken for granted either.

2. Help clean up after supper. Get in there and wash some dishes, especially if you have small children who are still limited in what they can do.

3. We are always on a set budget, so going out to eat can be a little too expensive for us. Therefore, if you’re in this boat, cook for your family once a week or more, whether it’s the grill or on the stove. If you don’t know how, then learn. I love fire anyway, so this is something I look forward to. Furthermore, I was blessed with a mother who is a great Southern cook. She taught my brother and I quite a bit about cooking, and the meal always turns out even better when the vegetables come straight out of the garden.

These are just a few things that we can do to selflessly serve our wives in an effort to demonstrate Christ-like love to them. In doing this, our spousal relationships are bound to excel, which strengthens our prayers for guidance, wisdom, discipline, and sound leadership.