Way Back Wednesday – Praise in Public, Problems in Private

(Originally posted on November 12, 2016.)

This holiday season, make a point of speaking positively about your husband among friends and family.

Problems can be discussed privately with your husband, a friend who gives good counsel, or a minister/marriage counselor.

friends having fun conversation over a meal

Positive talk about your husband puts a graciousness in your conversation, builds your husband’s sense of value, and nudges your personal culture toward being marriage-friendly.

Talking down about your man publicly is a downer at parties, damages your husband’s reputation, and puts a dink in your marriage relationship.

Praise in public, problems in private.

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. Ephesians 4:29  ESV

#PrayerPrompt: Ask God to help you guard your tongue this holiday season.

Leslie Vernick: Finding Comfort in God What do you do when your spouse disappoints you?

(in)courage: ‘Tis the Season to Celebrate What brings Him glory and brings you joy?

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2 Comments on “Way Back Wednesday – Praise in Public, Problems in Private

  1. As a victim of more than a decade of extreme narcissistic abuse, this post was a little hard for me. I felt the something similar when I was younger (though it was distorted)… that to be a good wife I should only say good things about him to others and keep our problems private. This only served to keep me and my children in an abusive situation for far too long. I love the thought of this post. I wholeheartedly support it and the point that was being made- but- I just want to throw out there that if your ‘private problems’ have to deal with abuse or mistreatment of any kind, you MUST speak out. Those aren’t the things to deal with in private with your abuser… that’s dirty laundry that needs to be aired so that you can be saved.

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