Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Life Lessons | Proverbs 31:23

"Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land."

Our husbands.

How well do people know them?

What do people know about them?

Do others know his faults and weaknesses or do they know his successes and his strengths?

We live in a culture where we enjoy putting others down in order to make ourselves look better than we really are.... and sometimes it is easier to put our husbands down and point out their flaws than to look at ourselves and realize that we need to change.

We are also living in the information age. Personal information is being thrown around left and right, up and down on websites such as Face book, blogs, My Space, emails, chat rooms, and a whole host of Internet social networking sites. And the more information that you put out there about your spouse and his mistakes, the more others know and the more likely they are to put him down. After all, if his own wife aired his dirty laundry, it's okay to wave it around a bit, too.

The Proverbs 31 woman's husband is known in the gates. People know him, of him, about him. Why? Because this verse is in this passage about Mrs. Proverbs 31 we can assume it is because she had something to do with it.

But what did she share?

Proverbs 14:1- The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish one tears hers down with her own hands.

Our words can either build our husbands and children or tear them down. Words can be like refreshing water or like poison. They can cause growth or they can cause our loved ones to wither.

Proverbs 12:18b- The tongue of the wise is health.

This seems self explanatory. Our words should bring health to our homes, husbands, and children.

On the blog, I am always careful not to share the flaws or faults of my family. I am not perfect, and I do not live in a perfect family, but I do not have the right to broadcast their flaws and faults for, literally, the world to read.

There are times when I share something that we may be working on concerning Addie, but it is never written in a way that can put her down or cause her embarrassment. We need to be cautious as women about the words we use concerning our husbands and out children.

Let's make sure that our husbands are known in the circles we run in because of the wonderful things we have said about them.


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