Book: Proverbs 31
“Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.”
I cringe when I hear one spouse putting down the other, often in a joking fashion, knowing that there are issues in their relationship. The inappropriate comments do not lift either of the people up in the eyes of those who heard them. Did those comments enrich anyone’s life? Did it bring potential harm? Did it build trust?
It is important that we do and say those things that strengthen our relationships. It seems that couples often, when they first start courting, spend their energy and time building trust, doing those things that help each other and are constantly wanting to do good for each other. In many marriages this seems to fade away as the two who “became one” try to become two again instead of growing deeper together.
Did you notice the last six words in this proverb? It says, “all the days of her life.” The trust, enrichment and bringing of good is to last their lifetime! It is to be a constant in their relationship, through both the tough times and good times. Building trust takes time and work but is well worth it. Trust also can be broken by one simple wrong spoken word. It then has to be rebuilt. Enrichment requires more than looking out for one’s own interest but rather the interest of each other, together. This means that each spouse is looking out for opportunities to strengthen the relationship.
As you close out this past year, take some time to evaluate how you have enriched, built trust and brought good to your relationships. As the next step, prayerfully consider what the Lord is asking you to do this coming year to strengthen the relationship bringing good all the days of your life.
Happy New Year and may you receive every blessing the Lord has for you this coming year!