A Husband Wants to be Respected by His Wife – A Post for Both Wives and Husbands

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A Husband Wants to be Respected by His Wife – A post for both wives and husbands

As a mental health therapist, there are themes that I often see take place in my office.

In marriages, the common issues that are discussed during therapy are that women don’t feel desired by their husbands and husbands don’t feel respected by their wives.

I’m certainly not saying that these are the only topics brought up. And I’m not saying that husbands don’t want to be desired or that wives don’t want to be respected.  However, this is often the breakdown that I see in my office.

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs wrote the book Love and Respect – The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs which discusses this topic obviously in much greater depth.

Men and women are different. I know that is not a shockingly new statement but there are so many times I have to remind couples in my office of that very fact. Often we tend to interact with our spouse in the way we want to be treated and loved. But given we are different than our spouse, our perspective is often not the same as theirs. Which is why our actions can fall flat because we are not interacting with our spouse in a way that is most beneficial to them.

Both men and women are made in God’s image but we have distinctly different characteristics and aspects from God. Men are to exude the masculine characteristics that are of God. Society is currently attempting to strip men of their masculinity. When men are emasculated and not respected they struggle within the marriage and in life as a whole.

God wants to be respected by us as well! He wants us to thank Him. God wants us to choose to follow His lead and abide in Him. This is a heart of a man as well.

Wives – ways to show your husband you respect him

  • Say ‘Thank You’ to your husband for how he contributes to the family
  • Compliment your husband
  • Tell your husband you respect him for ________ (whatever it is you do respect him for and make sure you are honest)

Husbands – dos and don’ts to get your wife to show you she respects you

  • Do – treat your wife with respect
  • Do – explain why respect is important to you
  • Do – discuss with your wife how you would like to be shown respect
  • Don’t – demand respect from you wife
  • Don’t – be disrespectful to your wife

1 Peter 3 (NIV) Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.

Husbands, when your wife is not respecting you, God wants to show you He loves you and respects you. He created you and entrusted you to be the spiritual leader of the home. All God to show you ways to do this.

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A Husband Wants His Wife to Believe He is Capable

Capability is a hot-button for most spouses that I see in my office.

This is the topic that leads to bickering and hurt feelings.

Wives say they believe their spouse is capable but then nitpicks, patronizes, or belittles their husband about a task that he hasn’t completed or not to her standards. Wives, your husband is not your child. The same tone you use to teach your child to complete a task should not be used with your husband!

I see husbands who want to be viewed as capable but then don’t follow through on their word.  Don’t act like a child. I know that is blunt but if you are wanting to be viewed as capable and be respected than complaining and whining is not going to get you there.

This is the area that often leads wives to not then respect their husbands.

God wants us to know He is capable! He wants us to ask Him (not tell Him) to fix and alter things in our life so that we are better able to abide in Him and follow Him.

This is the heart of a man, too!

Wives – ways to show your husband you believe he is capable

  • Show your appreciation when tasks get completed
  • Ask your husband to complete a task don’t tell him to do it
  • Don’t – nitpick about how your husband completed a task
  • Don’t – nag about the time-frame it takes to complete tasks

Husbands – dos and don’ts to get your wife to believe you are capable

  • Do – complete tasks you say you are going to do
  • Do – complete household tasks and other jobs without being asked
  • Don’t – complain about completing tasks
  • Don’t – put off tasks after committing to them

Exodus 18:21 But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 

Capable men were meant to lead. The bible is filled with men who didn’t initially believe they were capable of completing tasks God appointed them. But with the faith in God, the men endured! Husbands, be encouraged by their stories!

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A Husband Wants His Wife to Believe He is Strong

Strong doesn’t mean just physical ability (although most husbands want their wives to believe they are physically strong, too).

It also means able to withstand great force or pressure. This then equates to strong in spirit, mind and character. An ability to hold firm in what you believe in because you believe it to be right.

God also shows us strength beyond measure. For one, we know He is literally able to move mountains. But God’s word is true, firm, and never moving. God does not bend or break on what is good and righteous. He is unchanging. God is ever reliable. And He wants us to go to Him when we have questions and/or don’t understand. Our Lord wants to be our teacher and our guide. He wants to show us the way.

This is the heart of man! Our husbands want to be our reliable source when we have questions or don’t understand. They want to physically and spiritually protect us if we, as wives, will only let them.

Wives – ways to show your husband you believe he is strong

  • Seek your husband’s counsel
  • Ask your husband’s opinion
  • Tell your husband you value his opinion
  • Calmly ask your husband to explain his reasoning if you disagree

Husbands – dos and don’ts to get your wife to believe you are strong

  • Do – calmly explain your reasoning behind your opinion and/or stance
  • Do – remain rooted in God’s principles
  • Do – know God’s truths
  • Don’t – patronize your wife for having a different view or opinion or for not knowing an answer
  • Don’t – belittle your wife for having questions

Joshua 1:7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.

Husbands, if your wives do not believe you to be strong in spirit, mind, and/or character, dig into God’s word and remain rooted in His teachings. Do this so that you have a clear conscience and mind in your thoughts and opinions. You then will know you are attempting to lead based upon God’s teachings.

My sincere prayer for this post is that both you and your spouse can read it to start a conversation in an area that may be difficult.

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God bless,


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Melissa is a Christian mental health therapist, wife and mommy of two. She works with children, teens, adults, and couples to better manage their distress and hopefully become closer to God in the process.

18 comments on “A Husband Wants to be Respected by His Wife – A Post for Both Wives and Husbands

  1. WOW ! What awesome information in GREAT presentation (blog!) !! Thank you! I am pinning, and I am posting to facebook this afternoon when I have time to tag people!

  2. A Husband Wants His Wife to Believe He is Capable! Yes! sometimes by asking a question husbands feel we are challenging their abilities. This is an area that I struggle with. I mostly just want to know why because I like to know why but when he feels undermined that is a challenge.

    Thoughts on that?

    • I guess it tends to depend upon what you are wanting to know why about. Is there a way to ask, “Could you teach me….?” or “I would have never thought to do it that way” (said in a kind tone!) I hope that helps a bit! Thank you for reading and commenting! God bless!

  3. I’ve seen so many marriages where the men are harming their wives sexually to the point of permanent medical damage. I wonder how these women are supposed to respect their husbands when the men are worldly and selfish. They say they are Christians, and they blink with innocence while damaging their wives. It’s so sad… And the people in spiritual authority yawn and turn their heads, completely unconcerned. Some day God will bring them all to justice. But I wish the men would go ahead and repent so they don’t have to face the wrath of God, “Depart from Me, men who practice lawlessness.”

    • Abuse is never okay! I have worked with women in these situations and their safety becomes primary. Everything I wrote goes completely out the window if there is abuse involved. A man who willingly harms his wife is not a Godly man. Thank you for commenting and God bless the women you wrote about.

  4. Thank you for giving attention to this topic. No matter how often we hear men and woman are different, it bears repeating until we really get it. Many marriages are suffering because we ( man/woman) are not able to fully comprehend or accept those differences.
    Great blog post! Love it!!

    • It is hard for people to take on the perspective of others, especially when emotions are involved. It takes intention and effort. Thank you for reading and commenting! God bless!

  5. I really liked this book. I thought it dealt with some fundamental relationship needs for men and women really clearly. I have found that being careful to treat my husband with respect has not only made our marriage better but provided a framework for our kids. My daughter use our relationship as a standard which is the best compliment ever.

    • That is a beautiful compliment and one I hope to receive someday by my children as well. The concept of respect can be a touchy subject. Thank you for reading and commenting! God bless!

    • You are so right Andrea! With the addition of needing to understand how our spouse best desires to be treated. Thank you for reading and commenting! God bless!

  6. Such great reminders! I remember reading the book Love and Respect early in our marriage. After 10 years you’d think if be an expert, but I’m not! I’m still learning how best to show respect to my husband. Thankful for God’s grace through it all!

    • It’s hard to be an expert in doing life! The fact that you are still learning means you are still trying. I’m sure your husband sees that! Thank you for reading and commenting. God bless!

  7. Great post, well presented. Makes me want to print it out to read it again later! Showing respect to my husband is something I try to do daily as he is my rock and I want him to know that not only by my words but in my actions as well. If you have a PDF of this post, I’d love a copy!

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