As soon as it slipped out of my mouth I was sorry. That moment was like "cancer" to my husband's bones, according to Proverbs 12:4. I happened on a conversation when one of the kids was appealing to Jeff. Since I knew of some information that seemed like it would help things move in the right direction ...... I blurted out my "insight" .... and it came out as a reproof to my husband and a "point" for Team Kid.... Bad timing. .... Poor discernment.
Within minutes we had parted for the day, and I was sending a text message to apologize briefly until I could make it fully right. When Jeff called me a couple of hours later, I knew he hadn't seen the text, and I had to apologize all over again and admit my wrong. He graciously forgave me. I knelt down, picked up "his crown," give it a polish, and put it back.
A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown,but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.
(some versions use the word "cancer" or "rottenness" for the decay)
Children aren't required for a wife to disrespect her husband in front of another; it happens all the time in social settings, extended family times, and church meetings. In the presence of others, a wife's commitment to guarding the dignity of her husband reflects a noble character. The commentator Matthew Henry says that, "He that is blessed with a good wife is as happy as if he were upon the throne, for she is no less than a crown to him."
Treat a man like you're correcting him, minimizing him, or disrespecting him in front of someone else, and he not only goes "crownless," but he feels like he's been knocked from his throne. Henry says that a worthy/excellent/virtuous/noble wife is one who "supports and keeps up his
We don't have any servants, but I am a guardian of my husband's authority, and I put my stamp of agreement on it each time I choose my words and timing to respect him. This doesn't mean that we keep our God given insights silent, but it means we look out for the best for our husband by "crowning him" publicly instead of "criticizing him" publicly. My kids notice when I do, and they notice when I don't. Other people notice, too, like .... co-workers, neighbors, in-laws, friends, and strangers.
One way to show my husband how much I love him and want our home to be our castle is to be sure I "crown"him, not "criticize" him, especially when we're not alone.
How are you doing at nurturing your husband's dignity? Are you a crown or a cancer?