5 Encouraging Scriptures for Your Walk as a Wife

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.

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.

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. 

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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25 comments

  1. Bella says:

    Kaylene’s, Thank you for your marriage that glorifies God. Ours did not start so good since we were lost. But now we have found Him and love Him. We are so excited for our future, our legacy in Christ! May God richly bless you. You encourage me so much to stay the course. I’m inviting my friends to join me here for the 40 days challenge. Thank you for your heart that overflows the love of Jesus, our Lord. Bella

  2. Vivian says:

    Thank you Kaylene for this challenge on praying for my husband. We’ve been married 30 years and sometimes marriage gets hard even after 30 years. I’m committing this time to really pray that God would change my heart and mind towards my husband. The verse that speaks to me is Phil. 4:8
    To keep my thoughts on whatever is true, lovely, right, pure, noble and praiseworthy.

  3. Maritza Ellis says:

    God is so Good and His timing is so wonderful, leading me to you. We have been married 29 years now, we did divorce for 4 years. We say that time apart was a blessing because we were able to see what caused us to divorce. And God with His timing brought us back together through a health scare in which God used our love we still had for each other to bring him out of the coma he was in. Our love is deeper now and our marriage is good. I know God wants us to be one in Him. So my prayer is that he will be able to see a deeper relationship in my Heavenly Father and want that for himself.
    Thank you, Kaylene for this 40 days of Prayers and Fasting for Wives.
    Maritza, God is Awesome.

    • Kaylene Yoder says:

      What a wonderful testimony of God’s faithfulness. Thank you for sharing it here. I pray your faith and your marriage will be enriched by your journey through the 40-day challenge. Blessings!

  4. Alisha Lockhart says:

    I am a new follower of Christ and my husband and two children are not. These fasting and prayer challenges are helping me to become who Christ needs me to be so that Christ’s love will become evident to my family and 1 Peter 3:1-2 will become real in my family. I am so thankful for you and your message of Christ in your life and our lives as women. I pray for you everyday.

    • Kaylene Yoder says:

      Alisha, thank you for your prayer support. I appreciate you. May you feel the Father’s presence lifting you and guiding you as you grow in your new found faith. 1 Peter 3:1-2 is tough sometimes, but what God instructs us to do He also provides the strength and grace to walk through. Keep your heart focused on Him, sweet one! He never misleads.

  5. Aba says:

    Thank you,Kaylene, for sharing these verses. The verses that have really helped me in my marriage over the years are Phil 4:6-7. Prayer is the key.

  6. Diamond says:

    Thanks for sharing your Love for God and His word through your marriage. I have been praying for two years for God to restore my marriage. I was just about to let it go when I found your 7 day challenge. I’m storming heavens gates for God to heal and restore my marriage. Please join me in prayer thank you!

  7. Beth says:

    Proverbs 14:1 Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands…..Someone gave me this as advice before we were married. I’ve had to question my responses to things that pop up in our marriage. Will this build up our home or tear it down? It inspires me to do the right thing.

  8. Madeleine says:

    I thank you so much for being a great friend and a great example this journey we call marriage we are very thankful for these great counsel they are very helpful.i would say that my wife verse would be Ephesians 3:20 so on Philippians 1:6 tells us on God faithfulness ,I am on a season of waiting,and to be still psalm 46:10 and Matt 6:31-33 those scriptures that help me on my season of waiting.I hope that others get help from these scriptures. God bless you! Thank you.

  9. Dedra Phillips says:

    If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? Matthew 4:46

    Do everything with grumbling or complaining Philippians 2:14

  10. Kathryn says:

    Thank you for your encouragement. I am in the middle of doing the fasting and prayer journal and the 40 prayers to pray for your children. I have a verse that I use to remind myself that i have received gifts that are different from other people and I’m to use those gifts that I have been given to serve those around me…both my family and others… 1 Peter 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:

  11. Dahleen says:

    I didnt really have a “Wife Verse” but recently – I came across this scripture whist going through a bit of a tough time of discouragement – Psalm 145:13-14 – The Lord is FAITHFUL in ALL his WORDS and KIND in ALL His WORKS – The Lord upholds those who are falling and raises up those who are bowed down.
    This was an encouragement to me at the time to know that I can trust God to deliver on ALL of His promises to me – and as I wrote this here it also planted in my heart the encouragement to follow Gods example – for me to be faithful and kind to my husband as God is to me.

  12. Bry says:

    In my vows to my husband on our wedding day I started with Proverbs 12:4. Our vows are both framed and hang above our dresser as a constant reminder. I am so excited for this study because I did the one you put out last year and it changed everything. We were in the messy part of getting to know each other and working through oh so much. And the encouragement to be submissive and love him with a Jesus kind of love got us through. Thank you for your heart and the consistency in which you serve God and his people.

  13. Alexus Allen says:

    “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:21‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    My wife verse and my life verse

    A lot of the verses you used in the post are monumental for me. This one here has just helped me so much in the past year. Just wanted to share. It speaks for itself.

  14. Bianca says:

    I’m reminded of my scripture for the year-
    Ephesians 4
    “And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.

    And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you.”
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:23-24, 32‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

    In order to be all and more that God has called us wives to be, we must constantly be made new in the attitude of our minds. In this chapter, Paul tells us all we need to put off in order to put on Christ. Apart from Christ, we can do nothing! It’s with Him and because of Him we even move and have our being.

    Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in and rely confidently on the LORD with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].”
    ‭‭
    Very popular scriptures- but if we do not learn to Trust the Lord we can cause our husbands to feel a heavier demand than that which they can fulfill. Therefore, we must understand that we may not always be able to “feel” God present, but we Trust His sovereignty, which in turn, we no longer place a demand on our spouses that can only be filled from and by the Lord.

    I pray you all remain encouraged and pressing on toward the mark, that goal to win the prize For which God has called us heavenward in Christ.

    The last scripture Colossians 2:7

    Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

    I’m doing this, we are secure in Christ and not based on what our husbands do or don’t do.

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