“The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.” Proverbs 31:11

Let’s look at this verse in the New Living Translation:

“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 am a widow, and my husband has been gone for almost twenty years. We had a good marriage and he was a wonderful man. Did he have faults? Of course, he did, but then, so did I. I am so thankful for how much he loved and respected me as his wife. He never embarrassed or degraded me in public. When we had problems or disagreements, neither one of us broadcast them.

This is important for all of us. If your husband is serving God, you do him a great wrong if you tell others in the church about his faults and failures. You hinder his witness and integrity. If he is not a Christian, and you have friends praying for him, they do not need to know everything that is wrong about him. When God deals with him and he gives his heart to the Lord, people do not need to have things in their mind that they will hold against him.

We do not hang our dirty laundry on the line for all to see. That is why we need to be so careful what we post on social media about our family. The things that go on within our family relationships need to be kept private.

I believe that as wives we have a responsibility to treat our husbands well and stand behind them in all they do. There may be times when we may have to sacrifice our own feelings but with the help of the Lord, we can become a woman that our husbands can safely trust.

Remember that this part of Proverbs 31 was written to a woman who was married. But if you are not married, this principle can be applied to your loyalty and trust to your family as well.

Prayer: Jesus, we thank you for the principles you have laid down in your Word that teach us to be loyal and true to our families. Help us to strive to become the woman you would have us be.

Devotion by Anne Johnston


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