Sharing by: Pam Crawford
"Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification." (KJV)
Have you ever thought about this "neighbor" thing? According to the article below, our closest neighbor is not necessarily the person who lives on either side of us. I must say I haven't put much thought into this before. Although this example is on how to please your husband, it can be used as a protocol to incorporate some basic fundamentals in any relationship. Let's think about this, and better yet, let's see how we can respond to it. Be blessed.
Fifteen Ways to Please Your Husband
by Barbara Rainey
Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.
Who is your closest neighbor? Your husband. And how can you edify (build or improve) your husband and thereby enhance his self-worth, the way the verse above instructs? By discovering--and doing--what pleases him. Here are a few ideas:
- Write him a letter and send it to his office, or put a love note in his lunch box or his briefcase.
- Prepare his favorite meal.
- Arrange an evening out for just the two of you.
- Wear his favorite dress with your hair done the way he likes it.
- Purchase something small and frivolous for him that he won't buy himself.
- Give him a nicely framed picture of yourself, or of you and the children, for his office.
- Surprise him with a trip to do something he likes.
- Put the children to bed early and prepare a candlelight dinner.
- Do something that especially pleased him back when you were dating.
- Pray and read the Scriptures with him daily.
- Take walks together.
- Keep your junk out of the garage.
- Greet your husband warmly after work.
- Wear his favorite negligee, or buy a new nightgown to add sizzle to your evening attire.
- Clean out the car for him.
Sometimes the smallest gesture can make the biggest difference. Pick out something you haven't tried before. Don't give complacency a foothold in your marriage relationship.
Pray and determine not to give complacency a foothold in your relationships.
Life's Application Commentary:
If we merely set out to please our neighbors, we will be people pleasers. Paul was opposed to that (see Galatians 1:10). We are to set aside willfulness and self-pleasing actions for the sake of building others up. Our Christian convictions must not be a disguise for coldhearted treatment of our brothers and sisters.
I would love to hear what has worked for you along the way.
In Christ by grace,