A husband is a mirror to your true self.
His presence in your life is a catalyst that reveals your character, bare and unadorned.
When you were single, you didn’t think you were impatient. But as a wife, how swiftly your impatience flows while waiting for your slower...than...molasses...in...wintertime husband make a decision that’s important to you.
You didn’t think you were prone to nagging, but when your husband can’t seem to finish a simple (to you) home project or stop that annoying habit fast enough, you’re right there to let him know about it, hands on hips and a furrowed brow, a dozen times or more.
You didn’t think you were an angry, selfish, or self-righteous woman either, but being married brings out, in the glare of the glass, those things you were blind to before.
He stands in front of you reflecting each unsavory trait you exhibit, like spinach in your teeth, you didn’t know was there the whole time.
This unflattering reflection didn’t appear because you married a stubborn, insensitive, or lazy man. It was already in you, dear wife.
How often do we wives point at our husbands in our minds and say, “I wouldn’t be like this if he would just change his attitude” Or “if only he would treat me nicer, I would stop yelling”. We justify our sinful actions because, after all, he made us do it. .
But God has made it clear in His word there never is an excuse to sin nor should we use a sliding scale to judge which one is worse. .
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8
. “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 4:17
So, when you catch a glimpse of your unpleasant self as you walk by (oh my, is that really me?), don’t blame the mirror. Be thankful God has shown you what needs to be fixed by the confounding and caressable mirror that He gave to you.
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