As Mother’s Day approaches, I am grateful for my godly wife who always put my spiritual health ahead of all else. When I have been wrong, she has applied God’s Word to my heart, and by His grace – through her loving encouragement – I have acknowledged by sin and asked forgiveness from any and all involved. That’s what a truly loving spouse does.
I remember one particularly difficult time when my wife’s counsel restored my relationship with my father and brought a reconciliation that endured until his passing. My father lived with a great deal of pent up anger, and it would erupt from time to time against those he loved the most. One incident provoked an equal outburst from me, and I felt completely justified in what I said. But my godly wife, however, wouldn’t buy my excuses, nor would she allow me to flout God’s holy Commandment: “Honor thy father and thy mother.” I knew she was right. I went to my father said, “Dad, God has convicted me that I have not been respectful to you as my father. And I want to ask your forgiveness.” My dad broke out in tears of joy. He hugged me and sobbed on my shoulder. Then I told each of my children that I had been disrespectful to my father and I had asked his forgiveness. I shared also what joy that confession had brought him.
Dad made progress in his spiritual life after that, and it all began with my wife’s insistence that I obey God and honor my father. Solomon wrote:
“An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.” (Proverbs 31:10-12)
My wife is an “excellent” wife, and an excellent mother!