Actions speak louder than words. You can say you respect your husband, but he’ll have a hard time believing that unless your behavior backs it up.
What does respectful living look like? Here are 25 ways you can communicate respect to your spouse without uttering a word. If you’ll make it your habit to do these things, the next time you tell your husband how much you respect him, he won’t have to wonder if you really mean it.
25 Ways to Communicate Respect (Without Uttering a Word):
- Choose Joy
It’s true: A happy wife makes a happy life. Please don’t use moodiness as an attempt to manipulate your man, but in all things rejoice, because that’s the right thing to do. (1 Thessaonians 5:16; Philippians 4:4)
- Honor His Wishes
Give weight to what your husband thinks is important. Make those things a priority that matter most to him, whether it’s having dinner ready when he gets home from work or keeping the house tidy or limiting computer time. Don’t make him ask twice. (Philippians 2:4)
- Give Him Your Undivided Attention
Yes, I know that women are masters of multi-tasking. But when your husband is speaking to you, make a point to lay other tasks aside and look into his eyes. Listen to what he is saying with the goal of understanding and remembering his words.
- Don’t Interrupt
Have you ever been around a person who won’t let you finish a sentence? That gets old fast. Even if you think you already know what your husband is going to say, allow him to say it without cutting him off mid-sentence. Doing so demonstrates both respect and common courtesy.
- Emphasize His Good Points
Sure, he has his faults (as do you), but dwelling on them will only make you (both) miserable. Choose instead to focus on those qualities in your husband that you most admire. (Philippians 4:8)
For a more in-depth treatment of this subject, get my book, 25 Ways to Communicate Respect to Your Husband: A Handbook for Wives. And check out my husband’s companion volume, as well, 25 Ways to Show Love to Your Wife: A Handbook for Husbands. The set makes a great gift for couples, whether they’re newlywed or have been married for many years.