My son ran into a friend recently and asked him about married life. The friend answered that it’s great if you don’t mind being told what to do all the time.
That news made me sad, particularly because I identify with this guy’s wife, having spent my early married years wanting my husband to change. Such discontent doesn’t lead to marital oneness, peace, or happiness, and focusing on a spouse’s deficiencies usually spills over into nagging.
Not only are badgering wives ridiculed by comedians, the Bible is pretty hard on them. “A continual dripping on a rainy day and a contentious wife are alike” (Prov. 27:15). Other translations use words like nagging or quarrelsome, but the problem grows out of her heart issue—dissatisfaction with her husband.
So how do we get our husbands to change without nagging?