To receive a Tender Touch and Hear Gentle Words
“Before marriage, two people in love can hardly keep their hands off each other because they find the touch of their beloved thrilling. What happens after the wedding? Some couples married for a while would find a firm handshake a wildly intimate encounter. This should not be the case in a marriage. There is great power in tender touch, even if it’s just a long, full-body hug or a lingering kiss. Or the touch may be a gentle caress of her face that has no motive to make sexual demands but communicates, “I love you, Sweetheart, and I care for you tenderly.”
Gentle words have similar power. I have made a partial list of some things that I think any husband could use in complimenting and praising his wife: charm; femininity; faithfulness to God, you, your children; hard work; beauty; personality; her love, including her receptivity and responsiveness to you as a man; her advice and counsel; character; desirability; friendship and — that’s just a start. What wife won’t respond to a husband who praises her regularly with gentle words for all these qualities?”
We are all imperfect people. Men – we know that more than anyone. So – when is a great time to deliver that tender touch? Reach over to hold her hand or give her a hug after she hasn’t been her best. Don’t say a word – just reach for her. It will show gentleness, humility and forgiveness.
Be Strong. Act Like Men.