Encouraging scripture for wives

Our lives become shaped and molded by the things we read, eat, watch or hear. Anything we ingest will be digested and become apparent by the way we live, respond and act.

The following five verses have helped shape me as a wife over the years. Take a moment to read the lessons they have taught me, then share a few thoughts below.

encouraging scripture for wives

5 Bible Verses for Wives

1. The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” Genesis 2:25

Like most women, I have felt hesitation, insecurity and even shame of my sexuality. This can be caused by painful experiences in our past, sin that we may have participated in, an unhealthy understanding of sex, or the general insecurity that women have regarding their bodies.

But this verse says the man and his wife were naked, and they felt no shame. And to top it off, God called all of His creation very good, unclothed people included. In it’s purest, most intimate form, sex is not meant to bring shame. The Land of the Marriage Bed, is a region designed solely for husband and wife to bless and enjoy one another. Naked and without shame, it’s a place meant for fear to be banished, trust to be established and love grow to new heights.

I share much more on this topic in the second lesson of this Bible study.

2. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each should look not only to their own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:3-5

Let’s be honest, we all have times when our “selfish ambitions” are the reason we do or say things. But, having ulterior motives, trying to weasel, connive and manipulate to get what we want, is the least desirable way to build trust.

Rather, we should look out for the good of the other person, be genuine, transparent, build each other up and encourage each others interests. This means sometimes we put aside our own interests for the good of our spouse.

Having a Christ-like attitude means laying down our own plans and will and picking up whole-hearted honor, encouragement and support for someone else’s.

These ABCs for Christian Marriage are great reminders on how to be an encouragement to your spouse.

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3. “Wives, in the same way be submissive to your 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 their lives.” 1 Peter 3:1-2

This submission thing stinks sometimes. Especially when we know our husband is wrong in something he is doing.

Whether its an unequally yoked marriage, or we just have a hard time seeing things the way he does, what this verse tells wives is that our behavior has a huge impact on our husband. When we live a life that is commendable and honorable, being pleasant mannered toward our husband, we give him a taste of Christ’s goodness.

This can be very hard when we are faced with unkind attitudes or harsh words. But a wise, godly woman knows she is responsible for her own responses*, and does not base them on someone else’s actions.

(*Lesson one of this Bible study elaborates on this concept.)

4. “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your minds on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:1-2

Setting my mind on things above helped me gain a broader perspective of God’s plan. Realizing that God truly is in control of it all anyway, helped me put my trust in Him and not my husband. Thinking on the things of the Lord as directed in Philippians 4:8, helped me get a right heart and new attitude toward my husband.

When Jesus became enough, my husband became more than I dared hope he would be. 

encouraging scripture for wives

5. “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” Luke 18:1

This parable was about a widow woman who relentlessly brought her case before the judge. As wives, we do our most powerful living at the feet of Jesus. Being persistent in prayer and not giving up has proven to be the one most effective thing in my walk as a wife.

These are a few stand out verses for me. What are some Bible Verses that shape you in your walk as a wife?

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I compiled 7 encouraging Scriptures for military wives that have helped me during my husband’s current deployment. My husband being away has never been easy, and this deployment has brought along its share of anxiety, but these verses have comforted me and wrapped me in God’s promises. Below I have listed each encouraging Scripture, and why I continuously refer to them every day.

7 Encouraging Scriptures for Military Wives

Romans 12:12 – Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

I love this verse of scripture because it tells me to be everything opposite of my natural tendencies. Be confident! Be hopeful! Then I reach the word “patient”. Being patient is always easier said than done for me. It is followed by another reminder to keep on praying. For me, the two coincide with each other. I can be patient WHEN I am faithful in prayer. Prayer is my stronghold.

Joshua 1:9 – This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Be strong and courageous! I had to tell myself this every single day in the beginning of my husband’s deployment. There were many times that I wanted to fall to pieces and just hope that someone would come put me back together. Knowing how unrealistic that was, I put on a brave face and eventually I became more brave within. Another wonderful reminder in this passage is to not be discouraged, since He is with me wherever I go! How encouraging! There are days when I feel discouraged that I didn’t get to speak to my husband, or video-chat my husband, or speak with him “long enough”. I would begin to feel discouraged and loneliness crept in. This passage is the perfect reminder that I am not alone! He is my greatest support, and His Will is my desire.

Philippians 4:13 – For I can do everything through Christ, Who gives me strength.

This is a beautiful and popular verse of scripture. One that is pronounced ahead of every circumstance. The same can be applied for deployments. God is my strength. I can endure this temporary separation with His strength. I can endure anything with Him.

Psalm 112:7 – They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.

No fear of bad news? This is a hard one to swallow. My greatest fear during a deployment is fear of bad news. Fear that my husband will be hurt, or worse. I want my heart to be steadfast and trusting, but I need The Lord to suppress those fears and envelop me in His comfort and peace. I pray this every single day.

Isaiah 41:10 – Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with My victorious right hand.

This entire verse is powerful, but what stands out to me in my present circumstance is, “I will help you; I will hold you up…” This is not wishful thinking, this is God’s promise. He helps me every day, and He certainly does uphold me too. I can feel this truth every day of this deployment.

Psalm 16:8 – I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.

I will not be shaken. He is with me. I love to repeat those words frequently during an especially stressful time. I need nothing more than His love and leadership on this journey.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 – Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!

It may seem odd that I would add this to my list since these verses are usually written into wedding vows and the like. When I read this, I read something slightly different. I read about my responsibility. This is about my relationship with God. I must be patient for God’s timing, I must be kind with Him, and I must trust in Him. If I do not have my trust completely in Him, what is my love? My love, then, becomes conditional. If I want Him with me in every moment of my life, even after this deployment has ended, I must be committed to real love and what that entails. This verse reminds me of my part. God has promised me all of these things, but I have to trust Him.

I hope these 7 encouraging Scriptures for military wives are wonderful reminders for you as well. Whatever you may be enduring in your life, you are not alone. Christ died on the cross so that these promises could be fulfilled in each of our lives. Go to Him in prayer, in thanksgiving, and remember these scriptures throughout your day.

Do you have any encouraging Scriptures for Military Wives?

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Discover Encouraging Scriptures for Husbands. Your husband works so hard for the family; in providing and ensuring the family is heading in the right direction.

Sometimes, it can be very difficult for him at work. He gets exhausted or things are not going the way he had expected. As his wife, it’s good to encourage him.

Today we are going to look at encouraging scriptures for husbands from the Bible.

Encouraging Scriptures for Husbands

1. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:31-32

2. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

3. If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. Psalm 91:9-13

4. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

5. In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9

6. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; Proverbs 3:5

7. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

8. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

9. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility. Ephesians 2:14.

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Today I want to share a few Bible verses to encourage and strengthen your marriage.

The Bible says in 2 Timothy 3:16

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work”

Your marriage will flourish when you know and apply what God says concerning you and your man.

So I pray these verses challenge and “equip you for every good work” in your marriage!

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1. John 15:12 – 14

This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.

2. 1 Peter 4:8

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

3. Colossians 3:14

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

4. 1 John 4:7

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

5. 1 John 4:19

We love because He first loved us.

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Respecting one another

6. Matthew 7:12

So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

7. Romans 12:10

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

8. Philippians 2:3

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

9. Proverbs 12:4

An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.

Read these posts for more thoughts

Your husband wants your respect more than your love

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10. Matthew 6:14-15

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

11. Colossians 3:13

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

12. Ephesians 4:31-32

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Read these posts for more thoughts

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13. Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

14. Isaiah 41:10

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

15. Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Read these posts for more thoughts

Where did the honeymoon go?

Is God instructing your marriage today?

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Treating each other well

16. Colossians 3:12-14

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

17. Proverbs 24:29

Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me; I will pay the man back for what he has done.

Read these posts for more thoughts

Why you need to pursue your husband

Am I a wife who is easily pleased?

8 things you should not do to your spouse

Cultivating Harmony

18. Philippians 2:2

Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

19. Romans 12:16

Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

20. Romans 12:10

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Read these posts for more thoughts

Do you have a strange lamp in your bed

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Resolving Conflict

21. Proverbs 15:1
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

22. James 4:1-2

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.

23. Ephesians 4:26

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger..

Read these posts for more thoughts

How to keep peace when you disagree

4 ways to work through early marriage kinks

6 steps to resolving marriage conflicts

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Watching your words

24. Proverbs 21:19

It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman.

25. Proverbs 18:21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

26. Ephesians 4:29

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Read these posts for more thoughts

6 phrases you should ban from your marriage

When you say dumb things about your husband

Trusting God

27. Romans 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

28. Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

29. Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

30. Ecclesiastes 4:12

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Read this post for more thoughts

What to do when you want to give up on marriage

Personal Growth

31. 1 Corinthians 13:11

When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.

32. 2 Peter 3:17, 18

So be on guard; then you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing. Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

33. Collosians 1:9-10

So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.

34. Psalm 92:12

But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.

Read these posts for more thoughts

5 things that limit your growth as a wife

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Power of prayer

35. Mark 11:24

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

36. Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 Read these posts for more thoughts

9 scriptures to pray over your husband

25 Bible verses for the discouraged wife

Winding up

I know that’s a lot of verses and links to go through. You don’t have to do it all! Just pick a few, go in-depth, especially in those areas you need  “encouragement” to do good 😉

Go forth and flourish!

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